Friday, August 14, 2009

Wichita launches a new project to clean up the Arkansas

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City of Wichita launches WRAPS project
The City of Wichita Environmental Services Department is launching a new project aimed at improving the water quality of the Arkansas River and its tributaries that flow through the city.
The Wichita Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) will help identify water quality priorities and actions. The initiative is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) as part of its Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy. KDHE has assigned a high priority for restoration of the river basin in the Wichita area.Wichita WRAPS will focus on restoring the Lower Arkansas River Basin watershed.
“We’ve known for a long time that the Lower Arkansas River Basin does not meet surface water quality standards and have taken actions for improvements”, said Kay Johnson, Environmental Services Director. “However, this grant permits us to engage citizens in determining the interests and needs of the community for watershed protection. We’d also like to find partners to help implement water quality improvement actions.”
The project will begin with a developmental phase to identify community interest, followed by three additional phases of assessment, planning and implementation.
The City will use the grant funds to retain Geotechnical Services, Inc., (GSI) to gather citizen input and hold informational community meetings. The project also includes launching a Web site for posting local Arkansas River water quality information and an online survey.
For more information about Wichita WRAPS or upcoming community meetings, visit . E-mail questions and comments can be submitted to
Project funded by an EPA Section 319 grant

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Custom Painted Rain Barrels

Here are three new custom painted Wichita Rain Barrels done by a local artist by the name of Michael Hunter. These will probably be the last three he will do. He is packing his belongs up and moving to Fairbanks Alaska (has something to do with a woman) so when there gone.......there really gone!

If you are interested in one let me know before there gone, go to and email me.

New style rain barrel made with a screen

Friday, August 7, 2009

The President likes CARROTS!

I Promise to update soon! I have been swamped with WRB request lately and have also been working on a new variation of our standard rain barrel! Until then eats your carrots!