State Association of Kansas Watersheds to meet in Topeka
"Environmental Enhancements Through Watershed Improvements" is the theme for the 62nd Annual Meeting of the State Association of Kansas Watersheds. This year's meeting is to be held in the Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka on Jan. 24 to 25, 2013. Barb Oltjen, president of the State Association of Kansas Watersheds from Robinson, will preside over the meeting that will bring together representatives of the 85 watershed districts in Kansas, many state and federal agencies, organizations, and individuals.
The annual meeting will kick off by having Karen Flournoy, Director Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, EPA Region 7, give the key note address titled "EPA, More Than Regulatory Compliance."
Besides the keynote address, a presentation entitled "Dam Watch Presentation" is a highlight of the Jan. 24 morning session. Dam Watch describes a dam-monitoring software application to enable dam owners and dam safety professionals to proactively monitor, in real-time, their valuable infrastructure so they can better prevent and protect against hazardous, costly, and potentially catastrophic events. Dam Watch collects and processes real-time data at regular intervals from weather and hydrologic sources, meters and gauges, and other sensing devices.
In the afternoon, Tom Stiles of KDHE will speak on a "A Healthy Watershed Initiative" that supports long term monitoring of impacts and benefits of watershed projects. The final session for the afternoon will be a legislative update by State Representative Tom Moxley and State Senator Forrest Knox.
The evening session of the first days activities will be the annual Legislative Banquet where watershed districts can dine and converse with legislators as they begin their challenging task of creating policy to guide Kansas through the next fiscal year.
Day two of the annual meeting will begin by hearing from Chuck Easterling, Easterling Consultants, LLC of Albuquerque, NM on the topic of " Environmental Challenges, A New Perspective." Other topics covered during the second day will be: Watershed Benefits for Mitigation Credits, A DWR Report on Floodplain Management, and a report on a newly formed organization, Kansas Watersheds for Clean Water.
Information on annual meeting registration, motel reservations, resolutions listings, and the meeting agenda can be found on the SAKW website at www.sakw.org. Additional questions about the annual meeting can be directed to Herbert R. Graves Jr., SAKW executive director, at 785-922-6664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.