The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from Douglas County residents and government agencies about the construction of a 17-acre wetland near the Wakarusa river.
The county Department of Public Works applied for a permit last year to build the wetland, which will replace the 15-acre Baker Wetlands in the path of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
According to the public notice, the project would include two pools for the northern crawfish frog, which is listed as a "species in need of conservation" by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
The new site will be on agricultural land just north of 31st Street and west of Haskell Avenue.
John Pasley, project director, said if the permit is approved, the county could begin taking construction bids.
"This is all positive," Pasley said. "It's a permit to build new wetlands. It's hard to see anything negative about it."
Pasley said the environmental impact of paving over the current wetland has already been debated and a public hearing on the new wetland would be held only if an individual or group could present new information.
A public hearing would delay construction of the wetland for at least 60 days, he said.
The deadline for written comments is Jan. 18. Reply to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CEMRK-OD-PE (93-00205), 700 Federal Building, Kansas City, Mo., 64106-2896.