Understanding our environment

CPCB Community Outreach

CPCB also participates in various events in the Region, as well as visiting various local schools to give presentations on aquatic ecology and water resource issues. Contact Debbie Baker if you would like more information about these services.

Jennifer Hollday teaches people about aquatic ecology at the 2012 Lawrence, KS Earthday celebration.

Earth Day

Lawrence KS: CPCB participates in this annual Earth Day celebration which aims to educate the community about alternative modes of transportation, sustainable living techniques, and our local environment. CPCB's contribution to this event is an educational booth displaying a variety of local aquatic insect specimens as well as information about our ongoing water quality projects.


Haskell Indian Nations University

Through the KU/Haskell BRIDGE and RISE and PREP programs, several Haskell students work with CPCB.  Students present their projects at the annual BRIDGE banquet at Haskell.

  • Lindsay Chischilly (2000) was involved in the planning and instrumentation of a nonpoint source pollution water quality project. Lindsay's presentation (pdf).
  • Joey Anderson (2004-2005) participated in the National Wadeable Streams Assessment project.
  • Tara Hammer and Danny Rowland (2008-2009) worked in the macroinvertebrate lab and in the field.
  • Jason Koontz began his work through the PREP program in 2008 and continued with CPCB as a GRA in the KU Engineering program (graduating 2011). He assembled and analyzed the Missouri River database used by EPA, states, and tribes.
  • Danny Rowland (2009-2010) worked on several projects, including the National River and Streams Assessment project.
  • Menzie Yezak (2010) worked in the macroinvertebrate lab and assisted with the KWO sediment project.
  • LaReina Jim (2014) assisted with sampling Clinton Lake.

Tonganoxie High School students learning about electrofishing methods at Stranger Creek.

Leavenworth County High Schools, Kansas

In conjunction with biological assessments of Stranger and Wolf Creeks in Leavenworth County, Kansas, we have helped to initiate a water quality monitoring program that is being conducted by students at Tonganoxie, Linwood-Basehor, and Pleasant Ridge High Schools.  We provide hands-on training sessions to these students in order to demonstrate the procedures that are used to measure various physical, biological, and chemical water quality variables. Click here to read more about the Wolf Creek assessment.


University of Kansas Educational Talent Search/Kansas Geological Survey Environmental Science Academy

The CPCB assisted the Kansas Geological Survey in leading a watershed program for Wyandotte County 7th graders who are in the University of Kansas Educational Talent Search program. We met once a month at the Schlagel Library on Wyandotte County Lake.


Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies

High school students in CAPS visit CPCB to learn about research in aquatic bioassessment and have joined us in the field for demonstrations of fish survey techniques.


Events