Kansas trying new way to keep soil out of reservoirs

September 03, 2018 - 6:44 pm

Kansas is trying a new way to reduce the amount of sediment in the state's reservoirs.

The Salina Journal reports the state will pay landowners up to $50 a ton for the amount of sediment they keep out of a watershed leading to a state reservoir.

Kanopolis Reservoir is one of the four reservoirs included in the Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative. It has lost 39 percent of its water supply storage due to sedmimentary deposits.

The state has budgeted $900,000 for Kanopolis, Fall River, John Redmond and Tuttle Creek reservoirs.

Sediment best practices that are eligible for the initiative include cover crops, reduced tillage and soil health. 

Those wishing to take part in the program can complete applications throughout the year. Initial approvals are expected by the end of September.

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