Archive for Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brownback to host ecotourism event

April 17, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback will host a gathering April 28 in central Kansas to discuss the state's potential to develop outdoor sites for ecotourism.

The summit will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend. Presenters will include Ted Eubanks, founder of the ecotourism consulting firm Fermata.

Brownback has invited participants to discuss ideas for nature-based tourism focusing on wildlife and the landscape, such as bird-watching and photography.

The summit is by invitation only because seating at the education center is limited.


Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

Good idea. Hope it generates some traffic to Kansas. The Gov is also ahead of his time. In about 250 million or so years, Kansas might have beach-front property again. Now THAT will increase tourism substantially. === "Consistent with the supercontinent cycle, Pangaea Ultima could occur within the next 250 million years."

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

The Haskell Baker Wetlands ==================== Water Purification Toolkit

Water Purification is an important service provided by healthy ecosystems. Pollutants and sediments are filtered out as water moves through wetland areas, forests, and riparian zones providing clean drinking water and water suitable for industrial uses, recreation, and wildlife habitat. These services extend to provide economic, health, and recreational benefits.

This toolkit was designed to provide information and resources to help scientists convey the many benefits of maintaining wetland and riparian ecosystems to a non-scientific audience.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Wetlands and People

Only recently have we begun to understand the importance of the functions that wetlands perform. Far from being useless, disease- ridden places, wetlands provide values that no other ecosystem can, including natural water quality improvement, flood protection, shoreline erosion control, opportunities for recreation and aesthetic appreciation, and natural products for our use at no cost. Wetlands can provide one or more of these functions. Protecting wetlands in turn can protect our safety and welfare.

Water Quality and Hydrology

Wetlands have important filtering capabilities for intercepting surface- water runoff from higher dry land before the runoff reaches open water. As the runoff water passes through, the wetlands retain excess nutrients and some pollutants, and reduce sediment that would clog waterways and affect fish and amphibian egg development. In performing this filtering function, wetlands save us a great deal of money. For example, a 1990 study showed that, without the Congaree Bottomland Hardwood Swamp in South Carolina, the area would need a $5 million waste water treatment plant.

In addition to improving water quality through filtering, some wetlands maintain stream flow during dry periods, and many replenish groundwater. Many Americans depend on groundwater for drinking.

Flood Protection

Wetlands function as natural sponges that trap and slowly release surface water, rain, snowmelt, groundwater and flood waters. Trees, root mats, and other wetland vegetation also slow the speed of flood waters and distribute them more slowly over the floodplain. This combined water storage and braking action lowers flood heights and reduces erosion. Wetlands within and downstream of urban areas are particularly valuable, counteracting the greatly increased rate and volume of surface- water runoff from pavement and buildings.

The holding capacity of wetlands helps control floods and prevents water logging of crops. Preserving and restoring wetlands, together with other water retention, can often provide the level of flood control otherwise provided by expensive dredge operations and levees. The bottomland hardwood- riparian wetlands along the Mississippi River once stored at least 60 days of floodwater. Now they store only 12 days because most have been filled or drained.


Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

I thought I felt a massive copy/paste wave moving thru town this morning.

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