Monday, August 13, 2018

Kobach Continues Narrow Lead

Press Release


Topeka - As counties began certifying, the seperation between Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach widened. According to the Secretary of State's office there was more than 70 counties that reported final provisional ballot numbers on Monday. With those final numbers in, Secretary of State and candidate for Governor Kobach increased his lead over Jeff Colyer.
State Representative and Kansans for Kobach Campaign Manager J.R. Claeys said,
"We expect this to continue as the canvas takes place throughout the week in the remaining counties. without the interference from partisan operatives, we expect canvassers will be able to quickly finish the canvass in compliance with Kansas law. Meanwhile, we will be taking the fight to the Democrats. The liberals are hoping for a prolonged legal battle and a fractured Republican party. They won't get it. We will unite as a party and defeat the two liberal tickets in November."


At the end of the day, according to the counts on the Secretary of State's website Kobach's lead increased to the razor thin margin of 206.
Razor thin margin's seperate Kobach and Colyer.

Area Happenings - Week of August 12, 2018

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  August 11, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


August 15, 2018



August 17, 2018

Nadine Button Artist Reception
Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.




August 18, 2018

The sign-up deadline is almost here - sign up by next Wednesday, August 1st! This is a great opportunity to introduce your business to Baker students and staff. Don't miss out!





August 21, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.




August 31, 2018

Vinland Vittles Community Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



September 4, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.



September 7, 2018

Ribbon Cutting & Open House: School House Lofts


Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Schoolhouse Lofts
704 Chapel Street
Baldwin City, KS




September 8, 2018

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



September 18, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.


September 22, 2018

Baldwin City Chamber Golf Tournament
by Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce

Date: Sat, September 22, 2018 
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT 

Location: Baldwin Golf Course 
1102 Main Street 
Baldwin City

Annual Baldwin City Chamber Golf Tournament, 2 person scramble. 
8:30am registration. Pre-register by 9/14 - forms will be available on the Chamber website or in the office.
9:30am Shotgun Start 

Prizes and more!

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Jake Wright - jake@baldwinstatebank.com or Jeannette Blackmar - jeannette@baldwincitychamber.com with questions.



October 2, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.





October 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.




October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




October 26, 2018

Vinland VittlesCommunity Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



November 10, 2018

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



December 29, 2018

Vinland Vittles Community Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



January 12, 2019

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in your car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Hawver Opinion: The Widening Division in the Kansas GOP

Columnist Martin Hawver
Martin Hawver
Martin Hawver


Best advice, if you’re a Republican voter, well…wait at least another week to pull off that bumper sticker that shows you supported the losing candidate in your party’s gubernatorial primary election.
Might be this weekend, maybe next, but you might just leave the sticker alone…unless you are trying to sell your car to a Democrat who will probably try to bargain you down a few bucks figuring you don’t make good choices.
Yes, this election cycle has become more intriguing for political junkies as Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach scrap in the technical, complicated after-Election Day determination of just who is the Republican nominee for the office of governor.
First, the Election Day results were statistically close--191 votes out of the 310,429 cast for all seven Republican gubernatorial candidates separated Colyer and Kobach. Kobach and Colyer won a total of 82 percent of all those votes. By Saturday, that margin had narrowed to 110 votes, Kobach still ahead…
But figuring who won the most of those votes…well, that’s what this week is about. Used to be simple, someone was an obvious winner. This year, it’s not simple. Colyer and Kobach are now scrapping for every possible vote, whether already counted or some of those mailed-in ballots and the provisional ballots.
Provisional? It just means that a voter’s name and address didn’t match the official voter list that the election workers had in front of them on election day. Maybe a voter moved, changed his/ her name (some recent brides, for example, if they take their spouse’s last name, probably had to file provisional ballots even if they wore a wedding ring to vote). Provisional ballots are also some of those unaffiliated voters who declared themselves Republicans at the voting place, so they could participate in the GOP primary.
Those provisional Republican ballots are the key to this race. All week and even next week, county officials will be meeting to decide whether those provisional ballots will be counted, and to weigh whether mailed-in ballots were in fact mailed on Election Day, not the day after.
Oh, there have been tense county canvass meetings over elections for county commissioners or members of the Legislature, but not the top of the state ballot.
The fuss and time spent on the GOP gubernatorial race essentially makes Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, the only major party gubernatorial candidate who will sure-enough be on the November ballot.
And the more sticks and stones that Colyer and Kobach throw at each other—oh, and Kelly is keeping track of ‘em—the more the biggest party in the state divides itself, and moderate Republicans start looking for a candidate who hasn’t been mud wrestling.
And let’s not forget the independent candidate—if he has enough valid signatures on his petition to get a place on the general election ballot. That’s Greg Orman, who has run statewide before, losing to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., four years ago. Already there are questions about his petition signature-gathering, and whether some of those signatures will be loudly, publicly rejected—a little stain on the record of a guy who maintains that he represents a choice for voters who don’t like either major political party.
Could it get any better than this? For Kansas, probably, but for reporters it’s a gold mine. A story, an allegation, a slight by one candidate against another, scraps over whether this ballot or that ballot should be counted.  For the news media it’s like a house fire to cover every day.
Oh, and reporters don’t have to worry about those bumper stickers.  They shouldn’t be on reporters’ cars, anyway…
Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

Watkins Gets Narrow Win in GOP Congressional Primary

Kevin Surbaugh


Caryn Tyson
Tyson conceds after a night of close
returns, gave Watkins the narrow victory.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Veteran and Iditarod racer, Steve Watkins, of Topeka, pulled out a narrow victory in the Second District Republican Congressional primary. There were seven candidates in the contested race, but election night it boiled down to two, Caryn Tyson, Parker and Watkins. Throughout the evening the race was close, at times Tyson trailed Watkins by less than a thousand votes.  Sometimes as much as four thousand. At the end of the night, when Tyson conceded there were 2,254 votes that separated the two.

When Tyson spoke to her supporters in Otawa, just after 11 p.m., she thanked her supporters for remaining positive. At about the same time Watkins also thanked his supporters and called for unity.  Telling his supporters he wanted to sit down with each of his Republican opponents to work with them in defeating Paul Davis in November.
Steve Watkins, Republican nominee for Kansas' second district in Congress
Watkens thanking his supporters.

"I want to say thank you, thank you for believing in me and right now is a time of unity our republican party and our success depends on coming together now in this critical time," Watkins told his supporters gathered together at the Capital Plazza Hotel in Topeka.


Dennis Pyle and Colonel Steve Fitzgerald were the only other two candidates to win any of the 25 counties in the district that covers most of eastern Kansas, with the exception of the Kansas City area.  Colonel Fitzgerald only won his home county of Leavenworth and Pyle won the five counties on the northern edge of the district. Tyson won ten of the remaining counties, while Watkins won the other nine including the two more poulated counties.
Kansas' 2nd Congressional District
District Map (screenshot) from Secretary of States website.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kansas' Contentious GOP Gubernatorial Primary Drags on

Kevin Surbaugh

Republican Governor Race still to close to call.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach (left) and Governor Jeff Colyer (right)
As the Republican race for Governor, continues, without a clear winner, a war of words, as it were, mounts between Governor Jeff Colyer, who took over for Governor Sam Brownback, when the later left to join President Trump's administration,  and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The two, who are both vying for the Republican nomination for Governor, were separated by only 191 votes when counting was finished election night.   Which prompted the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) to issue a statement, in which it stated that the Kansas Republicans were looking for a merciful end to the race between Colyer and Kobach.  At the time of the statement there 191 votes separating the two.  That was before discrepancies in the vote counts arose which initially narrowed that lead to just 91.

 In the statement DGA Spokesperson said,
 “Kansas voters don’t need to wait for the ugly Colyer-Kobach fight to finish because either one of them would be four more years of Sam Brownback’s terrible policies,” said DGA Spokesman Alex Japko. “Sam Brownback ran the state’s economy into the ground, and both Kobach and Colyer have pledged to double down on his policies. Laura Kelly is the only candidate in this race who will bring real change to move Kansas beyond the Brownback years once and for all.”

In his own statement, Colyer told the media that,
Given the historically close margin of the current tabulation, the presence of thousands of as yet uncounted provisional ballots and the extraordinary problems with the count, particularly in Johnson County, this election remains too close to call. In the 2014 primary, 6333 provisional ballots were cast. The current margin is 0.06%. This is the equivalent of a 2 vote margin in a 5000 vote race with hundreds of votes left to count. We are committed to ensuring that every legal vote is counted accurately throughout the canvassing process. - Jeff Colyer
On Wednesday and again on Thursday, Colyer called on Kobach to recuse himself from overseeing the vote counting. Kobach as Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the state.  His office must count and ensure an accurate count.  In that role, Kobach has campaigned and spoke many times about the prevalence of voter fraud in the state.
In a letter Colyer sent to Kobach, he said,
I believe that the designation of the Attorney General as a neutral party to advise county election  officials on these matters will help ensure the confidence of the voting public in the outcome of the primary  election.  Inasmuch  as  you  are  a  licensed  attorney,  I  also  want  you  to  be  comfortabl e  that  your  role  is  consistent  with  Kansas  Rule  of  Professional  Responsibility 1.7(a)(2) , which  prohibits  an  attorney  from  giving advice in a matter in which they are personally interested. 
The letter also said that every legal vote should be counted, saying if Kansans took the time to vote, they deserve to have their ballots counted.  Calling it unacceptable that Kobach advised county clerks to ignore mail-in ballots, that were clearly postmarked by Tuesday to be cast out if they were not received by Tuesday.  Kobach on his part had refused to recuse himself on Wednesday, but late Thursday Kobach changed his mind as those discrepancies narrow his lead to just .04%.  At the end of Friday, with mail-in ballots counted Kobach lead by just 110 votes in the unofficial results. The board of canvassers in each of the 105 counties will begin certifying the votes this week.  Here in Douglas County, that Canvass will occur in the County Commission chambers on Thursday, August 16.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Primary Election Results - August 7, 2018

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh 

The following are the results for the contested primary races in our area. All results are unofficial, Board of Canvassers finalize the results (generally on Friday).

2018 Republican Primary Results
2nd District Congress Douglas Franklin Miami Linn District Wide
Vernon J. Fields  359   56    47  16    1,950
Steve Fitzgerald  744      159   142  34    9,098    
Kevin Jones  1,370    1,208   663  224    12,033
Doug Mays   592        107    37  19    6,135
Dennis Pile   601    113    90  43    8,997
Caryn Tyson    1,714   1,287   909  880    17,499
Steve Watkins    2,299   555   497  270    19,753    
Governor Douglas Franklin Miami Linn Statewide
Jim Barnett    981   291    221  95   26,072
Jeff Colyer    4,294   1,368    1387   512    120,662
Kris Kobach    2,505    1,482    1944   711    121,203    
Patrick "PK" Kucera   69    30    43   19    2,846    
Tyler Ruzich    53    18    42   10    1,985
Ken Selzer    438   247   437    136    23,678
Joseph Tutera Jr.     26   10   22    4    1,381    
Secretary of State Douglas Franklin Miami Linn Statewide
Randy Duncan   1,117   485    559   248    55,257
Keith Esau   941    305    407   133    26,009
Craig McCullah    817    422    226   211    30,933
Scott Schwab    2,254        1,230    2032   576    99,854    
Dennis Taylor    1,723        567    396   174    54,175
Insurance Commissioner  Douglas   Franklin Miami Linn Statewide
Vicki Schmidt    4,547   1,756   1,839   752    141,936
Clark Shultz    2,659   1,377   1,877   627    132,600    


2018 Democratic Primary Results
2nd District Congress Douglas Franklin Miami Linn District Wide
Paul Davis    11,103    ??     ??   280     ??
Governor Douglas Franklin Miami Linn Statewide
Arden Andersen   381   63    170   40    11,367
Jack Bergeson  234    25    33   7   3,719
Carl Brewer   2,082    165    188   45    29,734
Laura Kelly   7,094    523    805   149   73,720
Joshua Svaty    1,712    125    180   64    25,609    

Monday, August 6, 2018

Editorial: August Primary is August 7

by Kevin Surbaugh     

Election day is upon us. As voters all over Baldwin City, Eudora, and all of Douglas County head to the polls there are those that have already voted. According to Jamie Shew, of the Douglas County Clerks office, there were 2,864 votes cast in advance voting countywide, of which 99 were cast in the four precincts that make up the Baldwin City/Vinland area.  For those that haven't made it out to vote yet, I encourage to get out there and cast your ballots in the Democratic or Republican primaries. As those voters head to the polls, we at the Baldwin City Gazette will be paying attention the results.  We will be live tweeting the results as election results come in tonight.  In particular, we will be paying attention to the crowded race for Governor in both parties.  In addition, we will be looking at the results of the contentious race for the Republican ticket for second district Congress. 
The two candidates that seem to be the front-runners are Steve Watkins of Topeka, a man we have learned, was not even registered to vote until just before he announced his campaign for Congress. A man, who campaigns as a conservative, who supported Donald Trump for President, yet he wasn't even registered to vote until last year. The same candidate, who, according to Shawnee County Democratic officials in Topeka, say met with them about a potential run as a Democrat before he announced his campaign as a Republican.  Someone that has never held or run for elected office before.
 The other candidate that is considered to be a front-runner, Caryn Tyson, of Parker. Someone that; as I have many of the other candidates, I have known for many years. Her husbands family and I went to the same high school.  I helped to some extent with her father-in-law's campaign for the state Senate seat she now holds. She has been endorsed by the Kansas Farm Bureau, President Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who is a native of Kansas, the National Right to Life, Kansans for Life, National Association of Realtors, Kansas Realtors PAC, the Madison Project, the Susan B Anthony List, and Maggie's List. 

  She has the proven leadership having served in the Kansas House from 2010 to 2012 when she was elected to the State Senate and reelected in 2016.  With her impressive list of endorsements coupled with that experience, she is the candidate to vote for in tomorrows important election. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Area Happenings - Week of August 5

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  August 4, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


August 7, 2018
Election Day

Don't forget to vote!








August 7, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.


August 9, 2018 







August 11, 2018


Time: 8-11:30 a.m. 
Neighbor Helping Neighbor Back to School Event

Location:
Lighthouse Baptist Church
700 Chapel St
Baldwin City




August 15, 2018



August 17, 2018

Nadine Button Artist Reception
Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.




August 18, 2018

The sign-up deadline is almost here - sign up by next Wednesday, August 1st! This is a great opportunity to introduce your business to Baker students and staff. Don't miss out!




August 21, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.




September 4, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.



August 31, 2018

Vinland VittlesCommunity Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



September 8, 2018

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



September 18, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.





October 2, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.





October 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.




October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




October 26, 2018

Vinland VittlesCommunity Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



November 10, 2018

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



December 29, 2018

Vinland Vittles Community Dinner and Fellowship

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6 P.M.



January 12, 2019

Community Coffee

Location: Vinland United Methodist Church
                 in the  Fellowship Hall
                  1724 N 692nd Road
                 Baldwin City, KS

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 AM



Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in your car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Caryn Tyson Announces District-wide "No Bull" Tour

Press Release

Caryn Tyson (file photo)

PARKER, KS – Caryn Tyson Announces Districtwide “No Bull” Tour
Parker, Kansas - Today, Caryn Tyson announced that she will be taking her conservative message with “No Bull” to all 25 counties in the second Congressional District in the final days before the primary election.
“I look forward to sharing my Conservative record and accomplishments with voters across all 25 counties in the Second District, as I have throughout the campaign. Too many politicians are just talk. I’m proud to have fought for and achieved conservative results for Kansans, and I’ll keep fighting for our conservative values in Congress.”
Caryn Tyson is a 5th Generation Kansan who owns and operates a ranch with her husband, Tim. She has been endorsed by the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Right to Life, the Kansas Association of Realtors, and received an “A Rating” from the NRA.

Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative Announced

Press Release


Lands eligible for assistance to enhance reservoir sedimentation reduction

Kansas ReservoirsGovernor Jeff Colyer announced today an initiative to enhance sediment reduction efforts above four federal reservoirs including Fall River, Kanopolis, John Redmond and Tuttle Creek.  These reservoirs have lost 35, 39, 40 and 46 percent of their water supply storage, respectively.  Lands located in targeted sub-watersheds in Butler, Coffey, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Lyon, Marshall, Nemaha and Washington Counties are eligible for assistance.

The Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative was funded by the 2018 Kansas Legislature as part of a partial restoration of the State Water Plan Fund to address priority Kansas Water Vision projects recommended by the Kansas Water Authority. 

“As we manage our water resources during times of drought, our reliance on reservoir storage increases exponentially,” said Governor Colyer. “Watershed protection is our most economical means of maintaining our surface water supplies.”

Under this Initiative, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Water Office and the Kansas, Neosho, Smoky Hill-Saline and Verdigris Regional Advisory Committees are collaborating to prioritize projects that will yield the greatest sediment reduction per dollar invested.  

“I appreciate the leadership of our Regional Advisory Committees in the development of action plans to address this critical water issue in Kansas,” said Kansas Water Authority Chairman Gary Harshberger. 


Landowners interested in participating are encouraged to contact their local county conservation district or Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Coordinator to apply. Many, sediment reducing Best Management Practices are eligible through this initiative, however, projects focusing on large gully repair and soil health practices such as reduced tillage, nutrient management, and cover crops are highly encouraged. Applications for the Initiative will be accepted throughout the year but landowners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as initial approvals will be made by the end of September.