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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Little Arkansas River Watershed

About Our Watershed

The Little Arkansas River Watershed is located in south central Kansas, covering 913,430 acres in Reno, Harvey, Sedgwick, McPherson, Rice, Marion and Ellsworth counties. The headwaters of the Little Arkansas River originate near the town of Geneseo, and the river travels southeast approximately 80 miles, draining numerous tributaries before emptying into the Arkansas River at Wichita. Cropland (68%) and grassland (21%) make up the majority of our watershed and contribute non-point source pollutants to our river and water supply.

Want to read more?

We publish a newsletter throughout the year, highlighting important information and projects within the Little Ark watershed. Learn more about incentive opportunities, upcoming meetings and workshops, and even articles about what your neighbors are doing to support positive water stewardship on their land!

Big Ideas, Big Results

KCARE watershed specialists visit the ASROur watershed faces challenges to our water quality and soil health, and we are constantly working to innovate solutions to benefit us all. From the most rural areas to large-scale urban developments, we know that our choices can affect our watershed in its entirety. That's why we embrace tried-and-true best management practices as well as the newest types of technologies to improve water quality and conservation efforts. Most recently, we've been working with producers to decrease atrazine pollution in our waterways, and we're making a significant impact. We also developed a unique rural-urban partnership that allows urban producers to avoid costly and, frankly, less effective sediment-reducing technology while incentivizing producers upstream to implement best management practices that prevent tons of sediment from entering our waterways.

Partnerships make the difference

None of our work would be possible without the support and encouragement from our partners. If you or your organization would like to join our work in the Little Arkansas River Watershed, we would love to hear from you!

Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Kansas State University Research and Extension (KSRE)

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

City of Wichita