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K-State Today

September 10, 2013



Oct. 1 brown bag will address environmental planning and ecosystem valuation in metro KC

By Kristi Northcutt

Faculty, students and regional partners are invited to attend a brown bag lunch seminar, "Environmental Planning and Ecosystem Valuation in Metro KC," from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 1, in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Student Union. The seminar is presented by the Urban Water Institute. 

Tom Jacobs, director of environmental programs at the Mid-America Regional Council, will present the council's inventory of digital map data showing natural resource assets and ecological features in the Kansas City region. The data will provide a framework for urban watershed planning at local and regional levels.

"This initiative of the Mid-America Regional Council provides the opportunity for Kansas City to join other national leaders such as Chicago and Milwaukee in using conservation planning tools to sustain future environmental quality," Jacobs said. "Further, this effort is expected to help create high quality livable environments through coordinated conservation and economic development."

The consolidated environmental data is expected to help local communities in the region proactively conserve or restore natural resource systems that preserve water quality during the development process.

Register for the workshop, or for more information, contact the Urban Water Institute program coordinator, Joan Leavens, at 913-307-7311 or leavens@k-state.edu