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AQUATIC WILDLIFE HABITAT SUMMIT SEPT. 27
Kansas Wildlife Federation, other organizations, respond to Supreme Court ruling
 

GREAT BEND In January 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have no jurisdiction over isolated, non-navigable intrastate waters
based solely on their use by migratory birds. This decision left certain isolated wetlands vulnerable to
development. To comply with the ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of
Engineers recently directed their field staff to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(ANPRM), which excludes some additional wetlands including some streams, ponds, ditches, and other
waters from Clean Water Act rules.

In response, the Kansas Wildlife Federation is sponsoring a Kansas Summit to Protect Aquatic Habitats
for Fish and Wildlife on Saturday, Sept. 27, which coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Kansas Ducks Unlimited, Audubon of Kansas, and the Kansas Natural Resources Council are co-sponsors
of the event.

The summit will be held in the Derrick Room of Perkins Restaurant at 2920 10th Street in Great Bend.
Presentations will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Officials from the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks
Unlimited, the Kansas Wildlife Federation, and other organizations will discuss impacts of these regulation
changes and suggest ways hunters, anglers, and conservationists can use the Clean Water Act to enhance
wildlife habitat.

One highlight of the event will be bird watching tours and guided teal hunts. Tours and hunts will be
available Friday evening for those arriving by 5 p.m. and Saturday morning. On Saturday evening,
participants will have an opportunity to bird watch and/or teal hunt on their own.
Registration for the summit is $15 per person. This includes literature, refreshments Saturday morning
and afternoon, and noon lunch Saturday. Registrations received after September 20 will be $25. To
register, phone Steve Sorenson at (316) 755-2239 or Dan Ward at (785) 249-2165 or email
webforbs@cox.net.

 

 

 

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