South Central District Office

The South Central District Office serves a 9 county area encompassing 8,938 square miles. The population served according to the 2000 Census data is 582,607. There are 3,924 miles of rivers and streams, and 48 square miles of public lakes and wetlands. The SCDO lies within the confines of four major river basins; the Lower Arkansas, Walnut, Neosho, and Verdigris. Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies are being developed and implemented in watersheds within each basin. The Cheney Lake Watershed program has received national attention for its conservation efforts. The diversity of south-central Kansas ranges from small Amish dairies to large aircraft manufacturers. Land use in this district varies from dryland agriculture in the western counties to the expansive Flint Hills in the eastern area of the district. Public water supplies for south-central Kansas rely on both surface water and groundwater. The SCDO is staffed with 13 environmental and administrative staff.

Air Compliance

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of sources of air pollution. This unit is also responsible for the issuance of open burning exemptions and investigating complaints associated with ambient air contaminants.

Livestock Waste Management

This unit's primary responsibility is the inspection of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and the investigation of complaints associated with this type of activity. Personnel within this unit also provide a great deal of technical and compliance assistance during on-site visits allowing facilities to move toward or remain within compliance with existing regulations.


This unit is responsible for conducting compliance inspections at facilities containing underground storage tanks (UST), conducting subsurface assessments for the removal of USTs, responding to spills/releases of regulated substances, project management of contaminated sites, and complaint investigations.

Waste Management

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of permitted solid waste facilities, hazardous waste generators, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facilities. This unit also bears the responsibility of investigating complaints associated with solid or hazardous waste management.

Water Supply & Wastewater

District Staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of public water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities (NPDES), provide technical assistance to owners/operators of PWS and wastewater systems, responds and investigates sewage bypasses and fishkills, collect water samples from PWS and wastewater systems for compliance monitoring, attend and participate in various meetings with city and county officials, local health departments, and the general public, and assist in the training of Certified Operators.