State and local experts will be featured at a public meeting June 4 regarding the blue-green algae situation at Marion Reservoir
Contributing to the meeting, which starts at 4 p.m. in the ballroom of the Marion city building, will be an environmental scientist from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as well as specialists from the Bureau of Water, Watershed Management Section, the Kansas Water Office, Basin Advisory Section and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University.
Topics will include:
• state and federal requirements of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) program;
• the cause of blue-green algae;
• actual reduction of nutrient load;
• the meaning of “fully eutrophic and TMDL” classifications;
• health hazards;
• and the future of Marion Reservoir as the public water source for the cities of Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody.
The meeting will begin with a brief tour of the best management practices and water quality monitoring stations in the reservoir watershed.
A meal will be provided by Central National Bank of Marion and Hillsboro, Hillsboro State Bank, Peabody State Bank; Tampa State Bank and Marion Reservoir WRAPS.
Marion Reservoir WRAPS has been working with local agricultural producers of the watershed and various local, state and federal partners since 2003.
A new three-year grant will continue the work through December 2015. More than $2 million in grant funds and local nonfederal contributions have been spent in the 200 square miles of the watershed to reduce the nutrient load entering the reservoir, which causes blue-green algae blooms.
Those interested in attending the meeting should RSVP by May 30 to the Marion Chamber of Commerce, 620-382-3425 or Peggy Blackman, Marion WRAPS coordinator, 620 382 2541.
The number of participants is limited for the tour and meal. The presentations will begin at about 6:15 p.m. for those who would like to hear from the experts, but not participate in the tour or meal.