We offer an expanding array of conservation education programs throughout Miami County and the Hillsdale Lake Watershed.
Topics available for grades 5-12 include:
HILLSDALE WATERSHED COALITION
As of July 2016, the district became the sponsor for the Hillsdale Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS). The lake is impaired for sedimentation, nitrogen and phosphorous. A local group of stakeholders, the Hillsdale Watershed Coalition, is driving the effort to clean up the lake.
WHAT IS A WATERSHED?
A watershed is an area of land containing a common set of streams and rivers that all drain to a single larger body of water such as a lake, river or ocean. Everyone lives in a watershed!
WHAT IS THE HILLSDALE LAKE WATERSHED?
The watershed is the 144 square miles (92,000 acres) of Douglas, Johnson, Miami and Franklin counties that drain in to Hillsdale Lake. 56,000 people depend on the lake for drinking water; reducing the pollutant load is critical for the future of the region.
Hillsdale watershed map
Hillsdale Lake State Park
Water Quality Data
Bull Creek Park
Southwest Johnson County Area Plan
WHO IS THE COALITION?
Members are the cities, counties, conservation districts, water suppliers landowners, farmers and others who have a stake in the health of the watershed. The leadership team consists of the following.
- Dwayne Beckford, Co-Chair
- Gayla Speer, Co-Chair
- Ted Guetterman
- Robert Lynn
- Eleanor Zuvanich
- Heather Schmidt
- Teresa Reeves
- Jerry Bennett
- Alan Soetaert
Major contributors include
- KDHE, through EPA 319 Grant
- Johnson County Stormwater
- Miami County Commission
- City of Louisburg
- City of Paola
- City of Edgerton
- City of Gardner
- City of Spring Hill
- Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative
Improve your Land
Consider making a change for clean water on your land or farm by planting trees along streams and buffers around your cropland; fence horses and cattle out of streams and ponds; or any of the other clean water management practices. We may be able to assist with some or most of the cost.
Contact us about volunteer opportunities such as helping with educational events, stream monitoring, a stream cleanup or a fundraiser.
Please help us identify flooding concerns throughout the Hillsdale Watershed
The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program, in cooperation with local cities, are creating watershed master plans. As part of this effort we need help to identify areas of flooding, stream bank erosion and other stormwater concerns.
Survey link Map.social/johnsoncountyksfloodingsurvey
**The link will be active until August 2020. Please be aware that the survey is for Johnson County residents only, and that this stage is for information gathering only, not for reporting issues requiring immediate resolution.