What we do on our summer "vacation"
Schools are out, the skies are blue, swimming pools are doing a brisk business, and the heat is on! Summertime is one of our favorite seasons in Kansas, because with the hot weather (and occasional thunderstorm) come agricultural field days and continuing research projects and wheat tours and technology farms and extension activities and …
Well. Let’s just say we’re not feeling bored.
Just recently, members of the KCARE team put on our hard hats to tour the Equus Beds Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project in Sedgwick. This facility diverts water from the nearby Little Arkansas River during periods of high flows and treats it to drinking water standards using both membrane filtration and an advanced oxidation process. Once the dirty water is all cleaned up, it gets injected back into the aquifer.
This project, by the City of Wichita, is banking clean water in the aquifer in preparation for any future extended drought conditions – this is when the area will rely on a full aquifer to supply their water needs.
Although the plant processes water for approximately 60 days per year, the plant has a capacity of 30 million gallons of purified water each day. That’s 1.8 billion (yes, billion) total gallons of river water with all the sediment, nutrients and other harmful pollutants removed so that sparkling clean water is ready for future use.
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The "Roll Out the Rain Barrel" project has built more than 6,500 barrels since 2006. This project is a partnership project among the city of Hays, Coca-Cola Enterprise, Inc., Ellis and Ellsworth County Conservation Districts, the Smoky Hill River Kanopolis Lake Watershed, Gleichsner and the FHSU Ag Department, Ellis County K-State Research & Extension (now the Cottonwood District), KSU Ag Research Center and Ellis County Master Gardeners. It was featured in an article from the Hays Post.
Read more about other projects in issues of our KCARE newsletter, KCARE Research Today.
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Kansas State University established KCARE in order to coordinate and enhance the research, extension, and teaching activities that focus on environmental issues relating to agriculture. KCARE supports research spanning multiple departments and disciplines: soil science, smoke management, cropping systems, water quality and irrigation, fertilizer research, and climate studies.
Although the core mission for us remains the same, our look is starting to change. As a part of this, we are excited to share with our updated KCARE logo. This design encompasses the connection between agriculture and the environment which is at the heart of KCARE. It is our privilege and pleasure to work with research and extension faculty, students, and members of our community to explore new ways to create quality solutions for the environmental issues our state faces now and into the future. Through our partnerships, we are helping Kansas agriculture remain successful and sustainable.
Copies of the KCARE logo are available for interested stakeholders. Possible uses include as a link to the KCARE website on personal or departmental webpages, or on brochures or handouts including KCARE-supported research. Contact KCARE for more information.