Council Grove, KS
Who Are We?
*The Morris County Conservation District is a subdivision of state government, which is responsible for conserving renewable natural resources within its boundaries. The District provides assistance to landowners and users through cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies, along with business and civic organizations.
*The District’s goal is to help people in the wise management of land and natural resources by offering technical assistance and information!
*The Conservation District’s governing board is comprised of five local citizens who volunteer to represent land users in their district, and ensure a local voice in natural resource issues.
*District activities include providing field assistance on such practices as terraces, waterways, diversions, ponds, range seeding, spring developments, buffers, solar pumps, solar panels, plugging abandoned water wells, dry hydrant installations, livestock waste system improvements, soil testing, riparian and wetland development, and improving on-site household wastewater systems!
*Environmental education and information programs are also important activities for the Morris County Conservation District, along with a variety of other services.
*The NRCS and Morris County Conservation District work together to provide quality service to county residents!
Angela Anderson – Twin Lakes Project Coordinator
*The Twin Lakes WRAPS Project is funded through an EPA 319 grant, and works in conjunction with Flint Hills RC&D, Morris County Conservation District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The purpose of this project is to inform, educate and promote water quality and the issues facing it. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) has deemed the Neosho and Clarks Creek Watersheds as being high priority areas – this means that they have more than the acceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria (found in human and animal waste), siltation (sediment), and eutrophication (uncontrolled chemicals). The Neosho Watershed drains directly into the Council Grove Reservoir and the City Lake. Not only is Council Grove dependent on these water sources, so are the communities of Emporia and Iola.
District Staff Left to right:
Cynthia Engle – Secretary; Joseph Hecht – NRCS District Conservationist; Jo Bea Titus-Hutchinson – District Manager; Cindy Mullen – NRCS Soil Conservation Technician; Clifford Thornton – Area 3 Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations; Chad Sanford – Treasure; Kent Bacon – Supervisor; Jim Parker – Chairman; Byron Evers – Extension Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources; and James Jost – Vice-Chairman
District Manager - Jo Bea Titus - Hutchinson Twin Lakes WRAPS Project Coordinator - Angela Anderson
Established on June 25, 1941, the Morris County Conservation District’s objective is to promote locally led conservation and to assist landowners and operators to apply conservation practices to the land with the technical assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Conservation District is a sub-division of the State of Kansas operated by a locally elected board of supervisors. The Conservation District is available for assistance to anyone needing help solving his or her conservation needs. The District Board meets the second Tuesday every month, and is closed on all federal holidays.
New Twin Lakes Wraps Coordinator
District Conservationist – Alex D. Miller