Kansas Environmental Leadership Program announces new graduates
Water and its importance in the environment was the focus over the past year for Kansans who just completed the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program. The graduates were honored at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas Oct. 31 in Manhattan.
KELP is a 10-month program focused on educating citizens about water quality and quantity issues while strengthening their leadership skills. Participants attended five sessions held in various parts of the state. The program is administered through Kansas State University's Department of Communications and Agricultural Education and K-State Research and Extension.
The 16 graduates, listed in alphabetical order by last name and including hometown, are: Angela Anderson, Allen, Kan.; Tej Attili, Horton, Kan.; Cody Barilla, Hutchinson, Kan.; Lauren Clary, McPherson, Kan.; Patricia Haines-Lieber, Topeka, Kan.; Cindy Higgins, Topeka, Kan.; Hoyt Hillman, Wichita, Kan.; Sara Jones, Augusta, Kan.; Nicholas Levendofsky, Republic, Kan.; Terry Lyons, Burlington, Kan.; Bob Muirhead, Hays, Kan.; Michelle Probasco, Topeka, Kan.; Mark Shriwise, Dodge City, Kan.; Peter Tomlinson, Manhattan, Kan.; Chloe Wilson, Hutchinson, Kan.; Devin Wilson, Kansas City, Mo.
"KELP class members come from all walks of life and from all over the state," said Brandi Nelson, KELP coordinator. "We've had private citizens who just want to learn more about water and the environment, as well as farmers, extension agents, university faculty members, representatives of government agencies and utility companies and other professions go through the training. They each bring a unique perspective to the class. Participants learn from each other as well as from the structured seminars."
The sessions include field trips, group activities and opportunities to network. Participants explore streams and their inhabitants, view aquifer recharge projects, visit water and wastewater treatment plants and learn about urban storm water management.
As part of the training, class members form teams that design and implement projects that focus on watershed restoration and protection, public water supplies or conserving and extending the life of the High Plains aquifer.
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KELP application deadline for class of 2013 is Dec. 15
The Kansas Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2013 class until Dec. 15.
Five KELP training sessions aimed at improving citizens' knowledge of water resources and water quality issues and leadership skills are held over a 10-month period, each in a different location in Kansas.
The program is now open to Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado residents, as well as Kansas.