Division of Conservation

Welcome to the Division of Conservation (DOC)

Conservation of natural resources is an important concern for all Kansans. The Division of Conservation, working with the 105 local conservation districts, the 88 organized watershed districts, other special purpose districts, and state and federal entities administer programs to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, reduce flood potential and provide local water supply. The DOC has the responsibility to administer the Conservation Districts Law, the Watershed District Act and other statutes authorizing various programs. The agency budget is financed from the dedicated funding of the Kansas State Water Plan Special Revenue Fund, State General Fund, and fee funds.

Outline Map of Kansas Counties
Atchinson County Conservation District Website Link Link to the Allen County Conservation District Link to the Barton County Conservation District Link to the Anderson County Conservation District Link to the Barber County Conservation District Link to the Bourbon County Conservation District Link to the Brown County Conservation District Contact Information Link to the Chase County Conservation District Link to the Cherokee County Conservation District Link to the Butler County Conservation District Link to the Chautaqua County Conservation District Link to the Cheyenne County Conservation District Link to the Clark County Conservation District Link to the Gove County Conservation District Link to the Greeley County Conservation District Link to the Cowley County Conservation District Link to the Douglas County Conservation District Link to the Graham County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Grant County Conservation District Link to the Ellis County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Gray County Conservation District Link to the Ford County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Finney County Conservation District Link to the Edwards County Conservation District Link to the Comanche County Conservation District Link to the Cloud County Conservation District Link to the Clay County Conservation District Link to the Dickinson County Conservation District Link to the Decatur County Conservation District Link to the Coffey County Conservation District Link to the Crawford County Conservation District Link to the Elk County Conservation District Link to the Franklin County Conservation District Link to the Greenwood County Conservation District Link to the Geary County Conservation District Link to the Doniphan County Conservation District Link to the Ellsworth County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Hamilton County Conservation District Link to the Harper County Conservation District Link to the Harvey County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for Jewell County Link to the Jackson County Conservation District Jefferson County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for Haskell County Link to the Hodgeman County Conservation District Link to the Johnson County Conservation District Link to the Kingman County Conservation District Link to the Kiowa County Conservation District Link to the Kearney County Conservation District Link to the Lane County Conservation District Link to the Labette County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rawlins County Conservation District Norton County Link to the Phillips County Conservation District Link to the Logan County Conservation District Link to the Ness County Conservation District Link to the Mitchell County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Sherman County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Thomas County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Wallace County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Sheridan County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rooks County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Trego County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Wichita County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Scott County Conservation District Link to Osborne County Link to the Smith County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rush County Conservation District Link to Russell County Link to Contact Information for the Stanton County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Meade County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Seward County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Stevens County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Morton County Conservation District Link to Pawnee County Link to the Lincoln County Conservation District Link to the Pratt County Conservation District Link to the Stafford County Conservation District Link to the Sedgwick County Conservation District Link to the Reno County Conservation District Link to the Rice County Conservation District Link to the Sumner County Conservation District Link to the Ottawa County Conservation District Link to the Republic County Conservation District Link to the Saline County Conservation District Link to the McPherson County Conservation District Link to the Washington County Conservation District Link to the Marshall County Conservation District Link to the Nemaha County Conservation District Link to the Pottawatomie County Conservation District Link to the Lyon County Conservation District Link to the Osage County Conservation District Link to the Linn County Conservation District Link to the Miami County Conservation District Link to the Woodson County Conservation District Link to the Marion County Conservation District Link to the Wilson County Conservation District Link to the Neosho County Conservation District Link to the Montgomery County Conservation District Link to the Riley County Conservation District Link to the Morris County Conservation District Link to the Wabaunsee County Conservation District Link to the Shawnee County Conservation District Link to the Leavenworth County Conservation District Wyandotte County Conservation District

Division of Conservation News

Clay Center Dispatch: Tom Meek receives Water Conservationist Award

***The following information was published in the Clay Center Dispatch on February 28, 2013.***

A Clay County conservationist has been recognized for his efforts at water conservation both locally and at the regional level.

The 2012 Water Conservationist Award was presented to Tom Meek of Clay Center  by the Kansas Wildlife Federation, who announced 13 winners of the 2012 Conservation Achievement Program Awards at a reception and banquet in Emporia on Feb. 23.

Tom is the district manager for the Clay County Conservation District in Clay Center. He administers the conservation district’s water resources and nonpoint source cost share programs. Tom assists the Clay County Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) staff with federal conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Tom actively participates in Milford and Smoky Hill Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) groups. He has administered $83,000 in cost share funds approved in Clay County for projects in Milford WRAPS targeted areas. Tom assisted with development of the district’s 5-year plan which includes new initiatives that will focus on water quality through nutrient management and flood mitigation.

Tom was instrumental in starting the Clay County Water Festival in 2004, with a grant from the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education. The first water festival was a community-wide event associated with the Piotique Fall Festival in Clay Center. Water festivals since then have been for all Clay County fourth-graders. He has continued the annual Sixth Grade Environmental Education Day.

The Kansas Wildlife Federation has relied on Tom to provide presentations on water quality with the district’s stream trailer at the outdoor adventure camp for 10-12 year-old students at Camp Washunga. He gives other educational presentations on request throughout Clay County. Tom coordinates the conservation district’s poster contest for elementary students. This year’s theme is “Where Does Your Water Shed?”.

This year Tom serves as vice-chair of the Kansas Envirothon Committee. He attended the Canon National Envirothon with the Kansas team in 2012. Tom has served as a facilitator and/or presenter at many regional environthons. He has helped with fund-raising for numerous local envirothon teams and has served as a judge for the scavenger hunt for the Milford Eco-meet many times.

Tom serves on the Kansas Crossroads Resource Conservation and Development Council and has helped that group coordinate water quality events for agriculture producers.

As a farm operator, Tom has implemented many water quality improvement practices including no-till crop production, filter strips and conservation buffers, and riparian forest improvement. He is conducting an on-farm research project on the use of cover crops for soil and water quality improvement in cooperation with the Kansas State University Extension and NRCS.

The Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society sponsored the Water Conservationist of the Year award.

For all he does for water conservation, Tom Meek is the Kansas Wildlife Federation Water Conservationist of the Year for 2012.

For 49 years, the Kansas Wildlife Federation has recognized Kansans who have devoted exceptional efforts for wildlife conservation in the state. Kansans, who wished to recognize the awardees for their contributions, supplied the nominations.

The awards are given in several categories including youth, land, water, wildlife, forest, education, farming and ranching. For 2012, 12 awards were given, along with the president’s special award for meritorious service to the federation.

These are the most prestigious conservation-related awards given in Kansas and are patterned after similar awards in most other states through respective state affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation. Long-time professor of biology at Kansas State University, Robert Robel of Manhattan won the overall award, Conservationist of the Year. Dr. Robel passed away last month so his wife, Anise, accepted the award in his place.  

Award sponsors for these awards included Westar, Inc., Kansas State Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Geary County Fish and Game Association, the Watershed Institute, the Jim Ruder family of WaKeeney, Kansas Farmers Union and the Emporia Area Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation.