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Community Work Groups

Conservation & Policy Work Group

Work Group Goals:

  • Protect natural resources

  • Improve water quality in the Blue River

  • Identify and support projects that meet conservation goals and benefit community

  • Identify funding opportunities and support HCA in developing funding sources for conservation projects

  • Promote an understanding of what we want to protect

  • Research the best practices for preserving land

  • Identify and engage those who can influence protecting land

  • Actively enlist champions to build support to protect land

For more information, please contact HCA Conservation Program Manager,

Jess Hartel:

Blue River Nature Guide Steering Committee

Work Group Goals:

Develop a Blue River Nature Guide Strategic Plan by May 2024. The Strategic Plan will answer the deliverables outlined by the funding and support partners listed below, and provide long-term infrastructure for increasing equitable access to the Blue River across the watershed through the use of on the ground and on the water tours via hiking, biking, kayaking and other modes of recreation.

For more information about meetings and projects, please contact HCA Education & Outreach Program Manager, Jalen Holloway:

Partnership Work Group

This work group's goals are to:

  • Highlight the work and achievements of HCA's Alliance members and Partners 

  • Build capacity for conservation and the work group's projects with an emphasis on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 

  • Enhance and continue building relationships with conservation stakeholders in the Kansas City Region while supporting the work and capacity of neighborhood coalitions to improve the grade of the Blue River Report Card. 

For more information, contact HCA Environmental Justice Program Manager,

Magali Rojas: 

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