Wetland Program

Photo of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Purpose

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.

History

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) 2019-2023 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.

Current Updates


 Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff grant has moved into the final season of data collection. Drought conditions are impacting the amount of runoff data that has been available to this point. This will provide four years of data including the two years from 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. 

Characterizing Biological Structure and Ecological Function of Kansas Playas and Updating the existing Kansas Wetland Program Plan (WPP) grant is underway and one year of data has been collected with the second year beginning soon. This Playa Lake work will use LiDAR to improve the known Playa catchments and collect field data to validate the images. The EPA approved the 2019-2023 WPP in March.

The Kansas Biological Survey developed a map of Playa Lakes in Kansas, which was partially funded through the Wetland Program Grant.

Wetland Program Development Grant FY2011 Final Report

Wetland Program Development Grant FY2012 Final Report

Wetland Program Development Grant FY2013 Final Report 

Wetland Program Development Grant FY2014 Final Report

Playa Lake Recharge - EPA Wetland Grant FY2014-17 Final Report

Wetland Program Plan for Kansas - The current Wetland Program Plan was developed by a diverse group of wetland professionals. 

Timeline

The projects are typically 24 month projects that are considered complete after a final report has been accepted. Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Constructed Wetlands on Tile Outlet Terrace Runoff grant will be completed in the summer of 2019. The second grant, Characterizing Biological Structure and Ecological Function of Kansas Playas has begun and will be completed in the spring of 2020.  Updating the existing WPP has been completed.

Funding

The Kansas Water Office has submitted grant applications to the EPA for funding of these projects. Federal funding for both grants is close to $280,000 each with quarterly reports used to document the progress of the grants.

Additional Information

Classification of Wetland and Riparian Areas in Kansas

Kansas Riparian Area Management Brochure

Kansas Wetland and Riparian Resources_Conservation Goals and Strategies

Kansas Wetland Conservation Brochure

Local Planning Guide for Wetland and Riparian Areas in Kansas

Management Practices for Wetlands and Riparian Areas

Wetland and Riparian Areas in Kansas_Resources in Need of Conservation

Wetland and Riparian Areas_Program Directory Manual

Project Manager

Kirk Tjelmeland

KWO Office
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Topeka, Kansas 66612
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