Event to be held March 15 in Topeka

Sedimentation in federal reservoirs will be the focus of the 24th Annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference, Thursday, March 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The conference is a forum for state agency, university, and organization representatives who study, plan, regulate, or have an interest in influencing water management decisions. However, any Kansan interested in the issue may attend the conference and learn more about issues affecting the state's water supply.

The conference theme is "From Dust Bowl to Mud Bowl: The Threat of Sedimentation to Our Federal Reservoirs." Topics addressed through plenary and breakout sessions, panel discussions, and poster sessions include an overview of reservoir and watershed processes as well as sedimentation rates and future trends in federal reservoirs. Sources of sediment, economics of sediment management, and strategies for water resource protection also will be discussed.

Donnie Blanz, an award-winning singer and songwriter, will give a luncheon presentation, "The Cowboy Cattle Drive: Lessons in Teamwork."

The early registration fee is $75. For more information, phone the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education's conference office at 785-532-5575 or go online at www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/waterfuture. The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Water Resources Institute, the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment, K-State Research and Extension, and the U.S. Geological Survey.