Daily Archives: October 26, 2014

Unfortunately, Senator Roberts Opposes the clean Water Rule.



The Water Rule proposed by the EPA was requested by many stakeholders to help clarify the Clean Water Act. The Water Rule has accomplished this by clarifying the types of waters covered under the Clean Water Act. It is important to understand that this rule does not broaden coverage of the Clean Water Act nor does it regulate groundwater or ditches. All exemptions and exclusions have been preserved. Plus, it was supported by invited input from the agricultural community. The rule is supported by more than 1,000 scientific publications. It is about as uncontroversial as legislation can be. Unfortunately, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts does not support the clean Water Rule and has introduced legislation to prevent the EPA from continuing to protect creeks & streams in Kansas and across the country. To read the Clean Water Act and express your own opinion, visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880-0001.

Roadside Habitat Enhancement Coalition



The Roadside Habitat Enhancement Coalition attended a meeting of the KDOT Superintendent’s in Wichita on Oct. 22. The coalition includes Troy Schroeder (President of the Kansas Wildlife Federation), Ron Klataske (Audubon of Kansas), Jordan Martincich, Steve Riley and Zac Eddy (Pheasants Forever) Chip Taylor (Monarch Watch), and Fred Coombs & Krista Dahlinger (Kansas Native Plant Society). The meeting was designed to convince the KDOT to recognize the importance and benefits that unmowed roadside vegetation provide for wildlife, esthetics and economic savings. Kansas Integrated Roadside Management is one of the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s resolution for 2014. To read the resolution visit

< http://www.kswildlife.org/ww/kansas-integrated-roadside-management/>.