Public Input Sought For Kansas River Basin Watershed Study

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City District and our partners encourage the public to attend public scoping meetings being held in the Kansas River Basin to provide input on the Kansas River Reservoirs Flood and Sediment Study, a joint-federal and state watershed study effort.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Kansas Water Office, and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are in the early stages of a five-year watershed study to develop a long-term plan for the basin’s water resources and infrastructure. The study is an opportunity to review existing and possible future conditions in the basin, lake and river basin management, and to investigate ways to extend the useful life of the 18 federal reservoirs in the basin by increasing resiliency and maintaining capacity. Study topics include drought and water supply, sediment management and reservoir sustainability, ecosystem restoration and management, flood risk management and recreation. The group expects to finalize the watershed report in the fall of 2023.

Four public scoping meetings are planned to hear and document specific ideas, concerns, and opinions from across the Kansas River Basin and to ensure that the values of the public are incorporated into the watershed study. These open-house style, come-and-go meetings will provide the public the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns one-on-one with agency staff. The meetings are as follows:

  • December 2, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Manhattan Fire Department, 2000 Denison Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502
  • December 5, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – American Legion Post 174, 645 W 15th St, Ellsworth, KS 67439
  • December 10, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Geary County Senior Citizens Center, 1107 S. Spring Valley Rd, Junction City, KS 66441
  • December 12, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Perry Lecompton High School, 404 Lecompton Rd, Perry, KS 66073

A brief overview of the study will be formally presented each evening at 7:00 p.m. To submit comments online, or to find more information on the study and meetings, visit the study website –

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation’s most complex problems.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.