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Playa Lakes Workshop & Tour: Registration now open!

posted Oct 10, 2016, 7:47 AM by Kansas Alliance for Wetland and Streams   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams invites you to our

Playa Lake Workshop and Tour

January 10-11, 2017

(Click here to register online!)

Registration and lunch is FREE for playa lake landowners on BOTH days, thanks to our sponsors!

Join us for state of the art information and program delivery management options for playa lakes in Kansas.


  • January 10, 2017: Optional Landowner Tour (see attached itinerary).

  • January 11, 2017: Workshop at the Garden City, KS Finnup Center for Conservation Education

The one day Playa Lake Workshop at the Garden City Finnup Center will feature four well- known speakers who have decades of playa lake experience in management, ecology, hydrology research, and program cost delivery.

Three local playa lake landowners will be featured who will share their personal experiences with playa lakes on their farms and ranches. Many more playa lake speakers will cover USDA, KDWPT, PLJV, DU and other program cost delivery. Playa Lake Sponsors and Exhibitor booths will be at the Finnup Center Hart Hall.

The one day Playa Lake Landowner Site Tour in Lane County will demonstrate from playa lake landowners and the technical program cost delivery providers how playa lakes can be managed in effective and efficient ways for better conservation, management, recharge and for recreational enjoyment. Sharp Brothers Seed Co. will be providing the free sponsored lunch at their Healy, KS HQ.  

We hope you will consider joining us in January and participating with our workshop and tour! Register ONLINE Here

If you have any questions about the workshop and tour please contact:

Joe Kramer                                                    Mary Howell                                        Jessica Mounts    

Workshop and Tour Schedule: (Click here to register online)

January 10, 2017 - Lane County Playa Tour

9:00 am

Shuttle Leaves Garden City Finnup Center:

312 E. Finnup Dr, Finnup Park, Garden City, KS 67846

9:45 am

Arrive at Dighton NRCS Office Parking Lot

701 W. James St. Dighton, KS 67839

10 - 11:30 am

Travel to and tour Heath Property

12 pm

Lunch provided by Sharp Brothers Seed in Healy, KS

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Travel to and tour Ehmke Property

4:15 pm

Return to Dighton NRCS Office Parking Lot

701 W. James St. Dighton, KS 67839

5:30 pm

Return to Garden City Finnup Center:

312 E. Finnup Dr, Finnup Park, Garden City, KS 67846

January 11, 2017 - Finnup Center, Garden City

8:00 am

Registration Opens, Booths Open

9:00 am

Welcome (Jessica / Joe)

9:10 - 9:50

Dr. David Haukos, KSU Cooperative F&W Research Unit Leader, “Ecosystem Services and Playa Lakes of the Great Plains”

9:50 - 10:30

Tracy Streeter, Director Kansas Water Office, “Playa Lakes” “Water Quantity and Water Quality”

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:25

Mike Carter, Playa Lakes Joint Venture Coordinator, “Playa Lakes and Municipalities Aquifer Recharge” 

11:25 - 12: 05 pm

Rob Manes, The Nature Conservancy KS Executive Director, “Grasslands and Playa Lakes” “Conservation Easements”

12:05 - 1:30

Lunch / Booth Info

1:30 - 2:30

Playa Landowner Panel:

Bob Price, Kearny County Mark Smith, Wallace County Vance and Louise Ehmke, Lane County

2:30 - 4:45

Breakout Sessions* (see below)

*Breakout Sessions

Lecture Hall

Classroom A-B

2:30 - 3pm

Agricultural Conservation Easement

Program for Wetlands Lynn Thurlow, NRCS

Riparian & Wetland Program
Katie Burke, KDA Division of Conservation

3:00 - 3:15



3:15 - 3:45

Conservation Reserve Program

and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement
Bob McCready, PLJV

Playa Buffers,

Dave Haukos, KSU

3:45 - 4:15

Private Land Programs

Matt Hough, Ducks Unlimited

Center Pivot Playas:

“Current Pivot System Technology 

and Solutions to Integrate 

Wetlands into Farm Operations”  

Paul Meyer, Reinke and Brad Dunbar, Lindsay

4:15 - 4:45

Private Land Programs

Wes Sowards, KDWPT