K-State Watershed Specialists

General Information

15 Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan , KS 66506 United States
Please see contact for individual Watershed Specialists


Organization Narrative

Watershed Specialists throughout Kansas have made excellent headway in raising awareness, building trust relationships, demonstrating best management practices (BMPs) and motivating changed behavior of farmers/producers. We are in the field getting practices on the ground. Watershed Specialists have been successful in helping producers implement important changes for improved management practices that make a real difference for water quality in the watershed. . . The Watershed Specialist serving your watershed will work with the WRAPS team to focus efforts on your priorities for the coming year.

General Services

  • Education

BMP's / Tech Implementation Services

  • Livestock
  • Cropland
  • Erosion control


Activities and services that Watershed Specialists can provide to your watershed include:
1. Personal contacts with farmers and ranchers regarding water quality concerns and build trust relationship.
2. On-site farm and ranch assessments and One-on-one consultation.
3. Demonstrations and field days.
4. Determine and design site specific practices, prepare Nutrient Management Plans and Pesticide Management Plans.
5. Watershed inventory, analysis and mapping; utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology.
6. Help producers implement specific BMPs (install and shape grass buffers, livestock alternative watering site and development, feeding site relocation or pen size reduction, diversions and berms, conservation tillage, cropland best practices for herbicides and pesticides, riparian area restoration strategies, the variety of BMPs given WRAPS priorities, and design the combination of strategies most appropriate for this farm/ranch.) 7. Specific presentations regarding water quality, BMPs, and innovative strategies.
8. Ongoing outreach, information and education including brochures, flyers, and news media.
9. Ongoing WRAPS collaboration and teamwork.

Service Area

Basin Map

K-State Watershed Specialists provides services in the areas listed below:

  • All - We serve the entire state

WRAPS Projects we're currently working with

Services Available Statewide To assure future Watershed Specialist services in your watershed contact your specialist: Warren Bell: 620-625-3113; wbell@ksu.edu Will Boyer: 785-843-7058; wboyer@ksu.edu Mike Christian: 785 532-5833; mchristi@ksu.edu Bob Frisbie: 620-659-2149; rfrisbie@ksu.edu Herschel George: 785-229-3520; hgeorge@ksu.edu Ron Graber: 316-722-7721; rgraber@ksu.edu Stacie Minson: 785-814-7100; sedgett@ksu.edu

Copyright 2019 Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy
This project funded in part through the Kansas Water Office, with appropriations from the Kansas Water Plan Fund; and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, through EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant # C9007405-11.