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U p p e r Wa k a r u s a
Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy

U p p e r Wa k a r u s a Fa c t s
• • • • • • • The Upper Wakarusa Watershed covers 367 square miles, running across 40 miles from east to west across 4 counties: Douglas, Shawnee, Osage, and Wabaunsee. The watershed is 56% rangeland/grassland and 27% cropland with a population of approximately 30,000. Clinton Lake was constructed in the late 1970’s and is a drinking water source for seven counties and six rural water districts, serving over 100,000 people. The City of Lawrence pumps up to 10 million gallons of water per day from Clinton Lake to its treatment plant. Clinton is the most heavily used reservoir for water supply in Kansas. TMDLs have been identified for fecal coliform bacteria, nutrient and biological demand, and total suspended solids. Upper Wakarusa WRAPS was completed in 2003 identifying 13 water quality goals.

Publications 3 Wakarusa Review newsletters 4 educational brochures
7134 mailed

525 distributed 5445 distributed

4 promotional brochures & mailings 3 flyers/fact sheets 1 website 13 posters/displays
400 distributed

2420 people contacted 4787 entries
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1 database of partners and stakeholders

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance 412 East 9th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

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Events/Projects/Field

Days/Presentations

1 From the Tap (WaterLINK, KU, World Media Corp.) 2 Clinton Lake Cleanups (USACE) - #204 people 5 Water festivals (Eagle’s Day, April Shower to Water Towers, KDHE) - #3000 2 Douglas County Fair (Watershed Specialist) - #200 2 Shawnee County Crops Tour (County Extension) - #70 2 Shawnee County VIP Tour (SCCD)- #40 1 Stream Assessment Workshop (StreamLink) - #20 2 Shawnee County Crop School (SCCD, County Extension) - #70 2 East Central No-Till Workshop - #60 1 Beef Tour (County Extension) - #30 1 Douglas County Livestock Association Annual Meeting - #160 1 State Assn of Kansas Watersheds Annual Meeting presentation - #80 2 Student gathering (StreamLink) - #45 1 Douglas County Livestock Association Field Day - #50 3 House parties (KVHA, Watershed Specialist) - #35 7 Public meetings (KVHA, Watershed Specialist, SCCD) - #144 1 Shawnee County Wheat Tour (County Extension) #30 1 Berryton Kiwanis Club - #20 1 Sericea Lespedeza field day (OCCD, NRCS, County Extension, FSA) - #225

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance 412 East 9th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

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Best Management Practices 67 BMP’s implemented (44 in 2005 and 23 between January and June 2006). Impacting
more than 28,425 acres. Total cost of $429,521 with $187,729 in Cost share. 3 1 1 1 6 1 1 7 4 2 2 4 2 2 5 1 2 1 4 1 4 2 1 1 1 3 1 1 1
abandoned well pluggings access road brush mgmt conservation tillage fencing field borders filter strips grass plantings grassed waterway or grassed waterway restorations livestock feeding sites nutrient mgmt facilities onsite wastewater systems (and upgrades) pasture/hay plantings pipelines prescribed burnings pumping plants range plantings seedings of declining habitat soil tests stream bank stabilization terraces (or restorations) trash & area control tree shrub establishment watering facility well wetland construction wetland restoration wildlife-upland area mgmt windbreak establishment

Etc.
• • • • • • • Clinton Lake Museum Fundraisers (Martha Parker) 5-Star Grant / Coon Creek KSU Extension Grant Lynn & Six-Mile WRAPS (Judy Boltman) Bottle Sales Windmill Projects Wakarusa Music Festival

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance 412 East 9th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

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new
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improved

partners

Shawnee County Conservation District Army Corps of Engineers Osage County Conservation District Osage NRCS Wabaunsee Conservation District WaterLINK No-till on the Plains Rural Water Districts Wakarusa Watershed District Grassland Water Quality Project Overbrook Pride Park Bowersock Mills & Power Company Douglas County Farm Bureau Douglas County Livestock Assn. Osage County Farm Bureau Osage County Farm Services Agency Kansas Farm Bureau City of Lawrence ECO2 State Association of Kansas Watersheds

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance 412 East 9th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

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