Delaware River WRAPS meeting Jan. 4

The Delaware River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy project will hold its first meeting of the new year at 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

The meeting will be held at the Glacial Hills RC&D office in Wetmore. The public is encouraged to attend.

Marvin Boyer, lake water quality program coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will give a report on the 2011 water quality test results for Perry Lake.

Perry Lake, like many other lakes in Kansas, experienced a severe blue-green algae bloom this past summer. The algae bloom was the direct result of excessive nutrient loading from sources within the watershed.

Other items that will be discussed at the meeting include the Best Management Practices auction. This auction is a cost-share program that assists crop and livestock in the watershed to implement practices that reduce pollutant loading of streams while also benefiting farm operations. The auction is open for bid submission until Jan. 31.

A new WRAPS grant application will also be discussed during the meeting. Updates on other programs such as the Delaware River Streambank Restoration Program and cover crop trials will also be presented.

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