The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently awarded grants to help four Kansas communities repair old or improperly closed city dumps.
City of Walton was awarded three grants of $18,644.56, $30,397.22, and $56,062.22 to repair three different community dumps. All three dumps were located on private properties. The projects were successfully completed under budget for $15,000.95, $29,880.96, and $55,377.96, respectively.
City of Logan was awarded a grant of $34,100 to complete repairs to the city dump along Cactus Creek, south of Logan. The repairs were completed under budget for $28,127.
City of Elk Falls was awarded $93,005 for repair to the city dumpsite. The project was complicated due to the location of the waste along a steep slope, which was hydroseeded to stabilize the cap. The project was completed under budget for $66,367.
City of Williamsburg was awarded a grant of $55,240 to repair the dump at the city burn site. The project was completed under budget for $30,563.50.
The cleanup process generally includes: consolidating exposed waste and recycling metal waste, if economical; placing adequate soil cover material over the waste; contouring the cover material to blend in with the environment and prevent future erosion of the cover; and establishing native grass and plants suitable for wildlife habitat. KDHE visits the site approximately one year after completion of the project to ensure the repairs are performing as intended.
For more information about related waste issues such as recycling, composting, and disposal of hazardous waste, please visit www.kdheks.gov/waste.