Q: Why is improving the Brush Creek Watershed important?
A: Improving the condition of the basin will decrease flooding potential, cialis sale purchase improve water quality, generic viagra sales increase recreational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for citizens.
Q: What are some of the problems in the Brush Creek Watershed?
A: Flash floods in the Brush Creek Watershed sometimes present a hazard to citizens, sovaldi sale visitors, and businesses. Urbanization has reduced ecosystem integrity and diversity in the basin and has resulted in degraded water quality. Holistic, creative solutions are needed at the personal and watershed-wide levels to reduce runoff, enhance ecosystems and improve water quality. Due to the high concentrations of bacteria and other contaminants in Brush Creek, it is not recommended that individuals come into direct contact with the water.
Q: What can be done?
A: Brush Creek can be modified to address flood hazards. Green solutions can be incorporated into flood mitigation designs that allow for increased habitat diversity, improved water quality, and enhanced aesthetic value. Improvements to the sewer system along Brush Creek are needed and planned. Residents can contribute to runoff reductions and water quality improvements by construction rain gardens in their backyard, washing vehicles in the yard rather than in the street or driveway, and picking up waste from pets. Planning for the entire Brush Creek Watershed that involves all interested stakeholders creates the opportunity to look at our neighboring communities in a holistic way.
Q: Who regulates the safety of Brush Creek?
A: Because Brush Creek flows through two states and numerous communities, there currently are not, with the exception of flood hazard areas, consistent water-quality guidelines in place.
Q: What is currently being done to improve Brush Creek?
A: Each municipality continues to plan, design, construct and maintain projects within the watershed. The major jurisdictions have teamed together and invited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a study to examine the feasibility of coordinating and linking these individual efforts. The community will be engaged in planning improvements for the Brush Creek Watershed beginning this year. The first phase of the Feasibility Study is nearing completion with projects to be identified that can be implemented by local communities as soon as possible.
Q: How will this relate to Kansas City, Missouri’s Wet Weather program?
A: Kansas City, Missouri is pursuing a number of initiatives that include addressing combined sewers and stormwater quantity and quality. Some of these initiatives are in the Brush Creek Watershed. Implementation will require community and bi-state cooperation on many levels. Improving the Brush Creek Watershed can serve as a role model for many other parts of the country faced with similar issues.
Q: What resources are currently in place to improve Brush Creek?
A: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a formal study of linked, community efforts in the watershed. At present, each municipality continues to plan, design, construct and maintain projects within the watershed. Community groups, neighborhoods, educational institutions, businesses and government agencies are currently working to plan improvement of the Brush Creek Watershed and seeking to identify projects that can be implemented as soon as possible. The group includes engineers, planners, scientists and stakeholders, all interested in enhancing the watershed and its potential as a community amenity.
Q: Will community outreach programs be developed and implemented?
A: Outreach programs are currently underway. These outreach programs begin with small groups and grow to encompass larger stakeholder groups.
Q: Why should people care?
A: Brush Creek cuts through the heart of the Kansas City Metro Region and holds significant historic and cultural importance to the metropolitan area. For many visitors and citizens, Brush Creek is the most visible stream in the community. By planning comprehensive approaches to improve water quality, mitigate risks of flooding and enhance the environment and uses of the creek, we will successfully produce cost-effective benefits for all of us.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: Become involved. As a resident you can adopt greener alternatives to everyday activities. These could include reducing fertilizer and pesticide use on your lawn, reducing lawn watering frequency, picking up after your pets, and constructing rain gardens in your yard, just to name a few.
The community will be engaged in the planning process of the Brush Creek Watershed Study, as we seek input from those who know their community the best: the residents, business owners, and stakeholders in the watershed. Let us know of your interest in being part of these discussions.