Division of Conservation

(This website was updated 9/23/2022)
                

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Welcome to the Division of Conservation (DOC)

Conservation of natural resources is an important concern for all Kansans. The Division of Conservation (DOC), working with 105 local Conservation Districts, 75 organized Watershed Districts, other special-purpose districts, as well as 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.

Conservation District AreasThese five conservation regions are each represented by a commissioner who serves on the State Conservation Commission.

Division of Conservation News

Mid-States Materials Honored with Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation is pleased to announce that Mid-States Materials received the Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award in January as part of the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association meeting in Olathe.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation is pleased to announce that Mid-States Materials received the Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award in January as part of the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association meeting in Olathe.

This award recognizes companies that excel in implementing mined land reclamation and convey a positive image of mining in Kansas. Mid-States Materials was recognized for work on the Plummer Creek Quarry site near Scranton.

The reclaimed area covers approximately 100 acres in Osage County. The reclamation project returned this land to be suitable for agriculture, recreation, and wildlife habitat, including wetland habitat with wetland vegetation transitioning to native prairie grasses. Reclamation occurred concurrently with mining operations and was completed soon after quarrying was concluded.

Mid-States Materials is based in Topeka and operates 23 quarries across the state. Mid-States supports and embraces environmental management to preserve the land for future generations. The Plummer Creek Quarry is a 450-acre limestone quarry with a depth of 30-40 feet.

For more information, contact Christina Koelzer with KDA–DOC at 785-564-6626 or Christina.Koelzer@ks.gov.