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Improvements to water quality continue to be the goal of the Neosho River's Regional Advisory Committee.

The board met Wednesday in Emporia to discuss the prospect of a new facility -- a water quality technology farm. Board chair Angela Anderson says the facility, if it comes to pass, will be designed to demonstrate best management practices for crops. Anderson says it will also show ag producers it can be economical to make changes.

Cover crops have been shown to reduce sediment, and that is a big goal of both the Regional Advisory Committee and the Kansas Water Office when it comes to reservoirs like John Redmond.

The committee is looking at land just north of Westar's Emporia Energy Center near Reading and unspecified private property near Emporia as potential sites. Funding has not been determined. The project would involve research devices to measure sediment and nutrients coming off a field. 

In other business, the committee is moving forward on plans to study algae at Marion Reservoir. Anderson says the Regional Advisory Committee, Kansas Water Office and other agencies are drafting an agreement for approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers for core sampling. A draft document to gain funding is also being written.

This comes as the Kansas Biological Society is about to launch its own study of the reservoir. Anderson says the studies may be different, but the information will all be used at some point for improving the water system.

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