A Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) is a planning and management framework intended to engage stakeholders in a process to:
Identify watershed restoration and protection needs
Establish management goals
Create a cost-effective action plan to achieve goals
Implement the action plan
In addition to this framework, the process documents stakeholder goals, strategies to achieve the goals, and the resources required to implement the strategies.
WRAPS efforts can address a variety of water resource concerns statewide. These concerns can include water quality, public water supply protection, flooding, and wetland and riparian habitat protection or restoration. Solutions to identified concerns are developed locally by stakeholders within the watershed.
The WRAPS process is centered around four primary phases: Development, Assessment, Planning, and Implementation.
Development: Recruit stakeholders, determine local interest, document stakeholder decisions, establish a Stakeholder Leadership Team (SLT).
Assessment: Review watershed conditions and trends, develop expectations of the watershed, determine management measures in use, identify restoration and protection needs through watershed modeling and other assessment tools.
Planning: Establish goals, identify actions to achieve goals, develop cost estimates, select strategies, identify implementation resources, prepare a watershed plan.
Implementation: Secure resources needed to execute the plan, monitor and document progress, revise the plan as needed.
For more information on the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Program, visit the Kansas WRAPS website.