Big Creek and Middle Smoky Hill Watersheds
Who We are and What We Do
The Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watershed Restoration And Protection Strategies (WRAPS) project began in November 2003 as a process where local agriculture producers, rural residents, along with city, county and state government could identify water quality and quantity concerns. The WRAPS group coordinates these efforts within the 2,400 square miles the watersheds encompassing reaching into portions of 10 counties in west-central Kansas which is home to Big Creek, the Smoky Hill River, and Kanopolis Reservoir. Since then much has changed in the process but much remains the same as we are committed to serve and educate the citizens of the watershed on water protection strategies. The program was initiated to protect and/or improve water resources in the area by serving as a liasion between the producer/citizen and federal government programs.
Filling Water Buckets with Knowledge!
WRAPS coordinator Stacie Minson teamed up with City of Hays Water Conservation Specialist Holly Dickman to present at the 2021 WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Their talk, titled "Filling Water Buckets with Knowledge: Improving Water Quality and Water Conservation" shows how they work together to create different educational programs and other outreach in their community.
Water Quality BMP Signs
Water quality videos
Watershed Specialist Stacie Minson provides specific advice for community members about how to protect water quality in your area.
These projects have been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement to KCARE. The contents of these pages do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.