The 24th Annual Water & the Future of Kansas Conference will be held tomorrow, March 15, 2007 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, KS. The theme for this year's conference is: "From Dust Bowl to Mud Bowl: The Threat of Sedimentation to our Federal Reservoirs." Sedimentation of reservoirs is a hot topic in Kansas and throughout the nation, especially as the country contemplates safe, secure water supplies in a changing environment. Water quantity and quality issues are being addressed throughout the state and watershed restoration and protection efforts are part of these efforts. Professionals, researchers, educators and students working on water issues throughout the state will be in attendence, so don't miss this opporunity to learn more about Kansas' water issues and network with people working on the problems.Tentative Program TopicsPlenary Sessions * An Overview of the Current State, Sedimentation Rates, and Future Trends in Federal Reservoirs Bill Renwick Miami University of Ohio Oxford, Ohio * Major sources of Sediment: Landscapes, Streambanks, and Channels Andrew Simon USDA-ARS Oxford, Mississippi * Dollars and Sense: What are the Economics of Sediment Management to Sustain Federal Reservoirs? Waite Osterkamp USDI-USGS Tuscon, ArizonaIssue Forums/Panel DiscussionsStrategies for Water Resource Protection * Agricultural Land Management and Water Resource Protection * Stream Morphology and Water Resource Protection * The Role of Small Dams in Water Resource Protection * Strategies for Protecting Groundwater ResourcesConcurrent Sessions * Watershed Management to Protect Federal Reservoirs * Sedimentation White Papers * Ground Water Use and Quality * Improving Quality through Service Learning * Water Quality IssuesLunch SpeakerDonnie BlanzDONNIE BLANZ is an award winning singer/songwriter who has received critical acclaim for his own Western Americana music recordings. His original songs have also been recorded by country music artists Chris LeDoux and Ed Bruce.In addition, Blanz is an inspirational-motivational speaker and entertainer, traveling the nation with his unique and tailor made programs for associations and corporations. As an actor he has appeared in numerous television commercials, films, and music videos.
I am going to the conference. If anyone is interested and would like to leave with me, please let me know. Registration is from 8-8:30 a.m., so I will leave Manhattan around 7 a.m. If you are interested in Kansas' water issues, this really is a good place to go and talk to people, and see what's going on. email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call me @ 785-410-0040 if you'd like to roadtrip with me :)...
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