AOK Featured in Kansas City Star: Advocacy for Water, Streams & Wetlands

The Kansas City Star featured guest commentary by AOK’s executive director, Ron Klataske, on EPA’S Proposed Rule that will eliminate protection for millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams:

Don’t wash away protections for Waters of the United States, Ron Klataske, Kansas City Star

Anyone who cherishes streams and wetlands, the wildlife and ecological values provided by these natural features, and the environmental services that streams and wetlands provide to enhancing water quality and reducing flood damage, have ten days to file online comments.

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Wetlands and Streams in the Great Plains Threatened by Proposed Rule: Your Voice May Help Save Them

The EPA and Corps of Engineers recently held the one and only public hearing on a Proposed Rule that, if adopted, will redefine “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in a way that will eliminate regulatory protection for most wetlands in the Great Plains and many thousands of miles of streams, including most tributaries that flow into larger streams and rivers.

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Only One Candidate for Governor Responded to AOK's Questions About Wildlife & Prairie Conservation

Prior to the primary, letters with a questionnaire regarding important wildlife conservation questions were sent to all Kansas gubernatorial candidates by Dick Seaton, vice-chair of the Audubon of Kansas Board of Trustees. It was sent to Democrat Laura Kelly, Republican Kris Kobach, Independent Greg Orman, and all of the other registered candidates. Laura Kelly was the only candidate who responded. She responded in the affirmative (Yes) to all five questions. Shortly before the primary election, we sent a reminder to other candidates, but still none responded.

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Return of Prairie Dogs and Associated Wildlife: Video and Update

As we announced earlier this summer, Audubon of Kansas (AOK) has led a partnership of dedicated individuals and organizations to rescue and relocate hundreds of prairie dogs from Nebraska's easternmost prairie dog colony in Fillmore County to the Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Nebraska. These prairie dogs were stranded on land willed to Doane University, which was sold and transformed from native prairie to soybeans and corn.

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Legislative Battles Ahead?

Development of the 2018 Farm Bill, specifically the conservation titles, is of particular importance to wildlife—and thus to Audubon of Kansas. We are one of the few grassroots organizations that actively promote wildlife conservation and protection of vital habitats of prairies/grasslands, wetlands and woodlands with our advocacy in the capitol and other venues.

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