We will give you a snapshot of what is happening in the watershed with plenty to get involved , grant and job opportunities and share stories about our work with our partners to #RenewtheBlue! See some examples of these stories below.

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March 14, 2019

Photos: Community members learn skills and meet new friends while caring for the Blue River at restoration workdays. (Left) Volunteers plant Bald Cypress and Sycamore trees at Alex George Park. (Right) Volunteers help weed and prune trees at the Municipal Farm with Boys Grow.

The ground is thawing and the crocuses will soon be blooming. Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City. We invite you to spend some quality time outdoors and soak in some sun to make up for the long winter. This spring, why not add a little volunteering to your outdoor time? Bring your family and friends.

Participating in workdays is a great way to find new spots or help maintain old favorites. And there are no shortage of workdays coming up! From March until November, Heartland Conservation Alliance and our alliance members are hosting an array of workdays that can keep you busy every weekend.

Heartland Conservation Alliance has two workdays in March in two of our areas of focus along the Blue River, Ale...

March 7, 2019

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Last week, on February 27th and 28th, the Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers held a two-day hearing in Kansas City, KS to receive comments on a proposed rule that would redefine "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. What happens with this rule is important because the definition of “Waters of the United States” determines which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. Heartland Conservation Alliance provided a comment at the hearing. If you missed the hearing, you still have the opportunity to provide a comment, or multiple comments, until April 15th by going to the following link here, and then entering the portal under the “Open Public Comment Period.”

Photo: The Blue River at Minor Park, Courtesy of Pat Whalen. 

What are the “Waters of the United States”?

The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972. Its purpose was to eliminate the discharge of pollutants into “navigable waters” by 1985 and to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical,...

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