Increase the knowledge base about Kansas’ wetland systems through surveying, monitoring, research and assessment to establish wetland conditions, identify trends and the causes and sources affecting wetland change.
Wetlands have long been known to assist with water purification, not to mention the diversity in flora and fauna they provide. The current Wetland Program Plan (WPP 2013-2017) for Kansas was developed by a diverse group of state agencies, interest groups and Kansas citizens with assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help evaluate this natural resource.
The Playa Lake Recharge grant was submitted to evaluate the infiltration rates of Playa Lake in Kansas. Data collected will be used in Water-Budget modeling to develop estimates of infiltration and potential recharge for a range of time scales and land uses. An extension has been requested from the EPA so that data collected can be analyzed, summarized and modeled. This grant is expected to be finalized in the summer of 2018.
The Development of Wetlands in Aging Reservoirs is looking at the upper ends of Federal Reservoirs in Kansas evaluating the possibility of managing these areas as wetlands. Data collection has been completed with two seasons now that information will be put in report form and the final report developed in the spring of 2018.
Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff is still collecting data up until it is too cold for the instruments to remain outside, subject to freezing. Collection of data will also take place next year, giving 4 years’ worth of data with the previous grant. The ultimate goal of this grant is to build a model that will provide a template for constructed wetlands under varying conditions.
The newest grant received is Characterizing Biological Structure and Ecological Function of Kansas Playas and Updating the existing Kansas Wetland Program Plan (WPP). This Playa Lake work will use LiDAR to improve the known Playa catchments and collect field data to validate the images. Also work will be done to upgrade the existing WPP for the next 5 years.
The Kansas Biological Survey developed a map of Playa Lakes in Kansas, which was partially funded through the Wetland Program Grant.
Wetland Program Plan for Kansas - The current Wetland Program Plan is set to expire at the end of CY 2017. The new plan is being developed, and will be eligible for approval by the EPA in 2018.
The projects are typically 24 month projects that are considered complete after a final report has been accepted. The Playa Lake Recharge grant is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018. The Development of Wetlands in Aging Reservoirs should be completed in the spring of 2018. The final grant Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff will be completed in the spring of 2019. Characterizing Biological Structure and Ecological Function of Kansas Playas will start late fall of 2017 and be completed in the spring of 2019. Updating the existing WPP should be completed by the fall of 2018.
The Kansas Water Office has submitted grant applications to the EPA for funding of these projects. Grants range from $131,172 to $248,767 with quarterly reports used to document the progress of the grants.