Kansas State University has been awarded $60,000 to establish a water quality monitoring program for the Old Smoky Hill River Channel in Salina.
Josh Svaty, EPA Region 7 senior advisor; Barbara Goode, Kansas State University pollution prevention specialist; Martha Tasker, City of Salina, Kan., director of utilities; Troy Vancil, Friends of the River past president, made the announcement of the grant, which comes from the EPA's Urban Waters program, on July 13,
KSU and partners, including the City of Salina and Friends of the River, will establish a water quality monitoring program to teach residents of Salina about ways to reduce pollutants in the Old Smoky Hill River. The river channel receives storm water runoff from approximately five square miles. The educational program will focus on prevention of stream bank erosion and adoption of green infrastructure practices.
EPA's Urban Waters program supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from urban waters and surrounding land.
Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Small actions, such as spills onto driveways or streets can eventually cause problems.
Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, economic, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities.
By promoting public access to urban waterways, EPA will help communities become active participants in restoring urban waters while improving and protecting their neighborhoods.
EPA's Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts.