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Conservation Program Update

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

In July HCA, US Geological Survey, KC Water and the City of Overland Park completed the stream visual assessments along the Blue River. Following the assessments the Water Quality Committee for the Blue River Report Card met to review the findings and concluded the data from the visual assessment and macroinvertebrate collection will be included in the 2021 Blue River Report Card.

Nora Lazerus (left) and Heidi Mehl (right,) both with The Nature Conservancy Kansas, use nets to collect and study living organisms in the headwaters of the Blue River. The health of a stream can be measured by how many and what types of different macroinvertebrate organisms can be found. Photo by Madeline Putman.

On August 1, eight youth graduated from a six-week summer program where they learned about urban conservation and urban beekeeping. The summer conservation fellowship program was hosted by MO Hives KC in partnership with Heartland Conservation Alliance's Nature Action Crew program with funding by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Advanced training for potential Nature Action Crew members will take place throughout August in Blue Valley Park. Youth enrolled in the Cornerstones of Care Build Trybe Program will explore and learn about restoration of a wetland, a trail and a prairie. Leading the training will be Courtney Masterson, Native Lands LLC.

Work continues in Foxtown East Neighborhood where Nature Action Crew members are working with neighborhood residents to steward the native plant garden installed by the Foxtown East Green Guard Stewards earlier this summer.


The next Conservation Work Group meeting is Thursday, 8/19/21 at 4 pm.

The next Policy Work Group meeting is Friday, 8/24/21 at 3pm.

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