KSMG Working Group
Effort continues to address Corps/EPA guidelines and changes to the KSMG that reflects more reasonable mitigation debit scoring. An on-going effort to work with KDWP&T to recognize watershed project benefits as mitigation credits has yielded very little. SAKW continues the efforts.
Conservation Easements: Perpetuity versus Life of the Project
Many watershed districts are finding very difficult to secure conservation easements that protects mitigation areas. At the present time the US Army Corps of Engineers require conservation easements into perpetuity. SAKW was able to negotiate a watershed exception that addresses termination of the easement when a dam has been decommissioned and no longer poses an impact to the environment. It is generally felt, that the "life of the project" time limit for conservation easements makes more sense and is much more acceptable by landowners. SAKW has worked with our legislative representatives in Washingtoon as well as the Kansas legislature to secure their support for a regulation change that would allow a "life of a project" time limit.
An upcoming meeting to discuss the entirety of CWA 404 permitting process is scheduled and a report of that meeting will be posted to this website.