Friday, July 30, 2021
"An investment in Knowledge pays the best Interest."

Ben Franklin's words still ring true today. So we pick out the most appropriate articles in current events and news regarding the Water Industry both nationally and in Kansas to filter the most pertinent information for you.

E-News for July 19, 2021

07/19/2021 - Weekly KRWA E-News

American Rescue Plan Act Funds
The deadline is approaching for cities in Kansas with a population of less than 50,000 or Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (NEUs) to complete the application for ARPA funding. All NEUs must submit their request for funds using the NEU Award Request portal. The deadline for the State of Kansas to process payments is July 26, 2021. For help using NEU Award Request Portal, please use this link to view the recording of a webinar with additional instructions for filling out the application forms: Additional resources for NEUs can be found here: Rural Water Districts are encouraged to contact their local county commissioners to solicit ARPA funds from the county. Be prepared to provide specific information on proposed projects with cost estimates. For more information regarding the ARPA at the county level, please use this link to view the recording of webinar with a presentation provided by the Kansas Association of Counties: Note: Advance recording to the 12 minute mark. 


How Derby Plans to Make Full Use of COVID Funding
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Derby is set to receive nearly $3.8 million in federal funding. The city is scheduled to get half of that this month and the other half in July 2022. Falling within the guidelines of ARPA, the federal funding is intended to go toward design of both wastewater treatment improvements and the new water treatment facility starting in 2021, while funds will also be utilized for construction of said wastewater improvements in 2023. Given that water impacts the entire community, the plans to direct federal funding toward the treatment facility were seen as the best use and one that could potentially help out taxpayers in Derby considering the scope of the project. [source


Rivers Rise: Kansas Press Looks Back at the Devastation of the 1951 Flood
Archive photo from the 1951 flood. Aerial view looking east along Southwest Boulevard at 31st Street. Shows Phillips Petroleum tanks on fire. Upper center shows Union Station and the Pershing Road Post Office.Seventy years ago this month, Kansas and Missouri were hit with a natural disaster that reverberates to this day. From May through July, monthly rainfall totals in Kansas and Missouri were three to four times higher than usual. The resulting flood caused damage in 150-200 cities and towns across both Kansas and Missouri. Flooding started above Manhattan, and moved east through Topeka and Lawrence, inundating thousands of homes, businesses and farms as it headed for the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers at Kansas City.


Kansas City Plant Dumped Millions of Gallons of Untreated Wastewater into River
During the storm-driven power outage on July 10, an estimated 42.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater were believed to have gone into the Blue River. [source]


Opinion:  We must change our relationship to water, or lose it forever
Native Kansan Max McCoy writes that instead of viewing water as a property right to be exploited for personal profit, we must become guardians of that which remains. Twentieth century technology allowed us to use water at a rate far beyond what was sustainable he writes. While we might not be able to bring back the Arkansas River in western Kansas during our lifetimes, we start changing our laws now, we just might be able to save what’s left of the Ogallala Aquifer. His most recent book, "Elevations: A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River," was named a Kansas Notable Book by the state library. "Elevations" also won the National Outdoor Book Award, in the history/biography category. [source]


Congressional Plan to Address the Growing Orphaned Oil Well Crisis
The Revive Economic Growth and Reclaim Orphaned Wells (REGROW) Act would commit nearly $5 billion to plug and remediate orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells across the country. During the early boom years of the late 1800s and early 1900s, oil and gas companies often walked away from their wells without plugging them. These companies by and large no longer exist and can’t be held liable to clean up their mess. The bipartisan cleanup plan would not only put tens of thousands of people back to work but also clean up our communities, protect local water sources, and reduce methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Governors spanning from West Virginia to Kansas to Wyoming have written in favor of it, and the Western Governors’ Association is calling for legislation to support states’ cleanup activities on abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells. [source]


State and County Continue to Investigate Splash Park Shigella Outbreak
According to KDHE, the total number of Shigella cases linked to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, in Goddard, is now seven. All seven cases visited the Splash Park on June 11. Their investigations remain ongoing to include additional possible linked illnesses. KDHE became aware of the first three Shigella cases’ association with Tanganyika on June 18. The Splash Park has remained closed since June 19. Since then, Sedgwick County has worked with Tanganyika on improvements to processes which will meet the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code. [source]


Why Officials in Minnesota Are Asking People to Stop Putting Goldfish in Lakes
Photo: Groups of these large goldfish were recently found in Keller Lake in Minnesota.The city of Burnsville, Minnesota is asking residents to stop discarding their goldfish in ponds and lakes because they “grow bigger than you think,” with one expert mentioning football-sized specimens. City officials recently conducted a survey of Keller Lake to “assess populations of invasive goldfish and other fish in the lake,” and their findings were a sight to behold. Last year, about 500,000 goldfish were taken out of Big Woods Lake in Chaska, a suburb of Minneapolis, because of the dangers they pose to the ecosystem. While goldfish have been found in Kansas lakes, they are less likely to grow to the size of the ones found in Minnesota due to predator fish, such as largemouth bass, that are native to the Sunflower State. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t become a problem if they are able to successfully reproduce after being released into public waters. Releasing wildlife into public waters is prohibited under state regulations. [source]


KRWA Sponsored Water & Wastewater Training
Jul. 20: Chemical Feed Pumps & What They Deliver (Online)
Jul. 21: The ABCs of Activated Sludge (Online)
Jul. 21: Competent Person for Trenching and Excavation (Beloit)
Jul. 22: Confined Space Training (Beloit)
Jul. 27-28: Programmable Logic Controller - Application - Benefits (Wamego)
Aug. 11-12: Advanced Electrical Schematic Reading and Troubleshooting (Garden City)
Aug. 24: Water and Wastewater Math (DeSoto)
Aug. 25-26: The ABCs of Activated Sludge (DeSoto) 


Drought Monitor
Continued below-normal precipitation coupled with antecedent dryness warranted several areas of deterioration across the high plains, including in Kansas, where Abnormal Dryness (D0) was shown to have expanded. According to the latest U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, the third week of July could bring a couple inches of precipitation to eastern Kansas, but the short-term looks drier elsewhere. The fall outlook favors deficient precipitation across the High Plains, except the eastern half of Kansas and extreme southeastern Nebraska. According to the report, drought persistence or intensification is the only reasonable forecast in areas of existing drought, and drought is expected to expand across all of Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, western Nebraska, and adjacent South Dakota by the end of October. Recent surplus precipitation, however, may preclude drought from extending into more of eastern Colorado and Kansas.
High Plains portion of the U.S. Drought Monitor, released July 15, 2021.
Current U.S. Drought Monitor maps for:
Arkansas River Basin, High Plains Region, North-Central RegionSouthern Plains Region and State of Kansas