Founded in 1981,
KNRC was the first
environmental organization to focus exclusively on Kansas issues. A board of
directors from across the state oversees KNRC policy.
|Members of the
speaks out to:
|Protect the quality and supplies of Kansas' water.|
|Support sustainable family farming practices that respect
and restore the land and the community.|
|Ensure a competitive energy market where renewable resources
and conservation can flourish.|
|Reduce the exposure to hazardous and nuclear wastes.|
|Promote responsible solid waste management focusing on waste
reduction, recycling and reuse.|
|Encourage environmentally sound industrial practices.|
the capacity of the land for self-renewal.
Conservation is our effort to understand
and preserve that capacity."
- Aldo Leopold
As Kansans, we enjoy a rich natural inheritance of land,
water and energy.
Our well-being depends upon the wise use of these gifts, for they
are the sources of our prosperity.
We can no longer afford to squander top soil and
fossil fuels or to pollute our water supplies.
That is why the Kansas Natural Resource Council searches
for ways to balance our demands with our available resources. KNRC's goal is to
build sustainable natural resource policies - to harvest our inheritance at a rate that
assures an equal abundance of resources for our children.
"Economy" and "Ecology" both have
a common root
in the Greek word for "home".
When we preserve the integrity of our Kansas
environment, we enhance the vitality of our homes, businesses, and communities.
- KNRC in action -
|Researches natural resource issues.|
|Proposes innovative solutions to resource problems in
|Lobbies the Kansas Legislature.|
|Monitors the actions of state agencies.|
|Intervenes in state agency proceedings to ensure the
enforcement of environmental laws.|
|Reports on issues and actions through:
|Creates opportunities for citizen participation in resource
|Speaks publicly before a variety of audiences and on radio
|Hosts environmental conferences and workshops.|
|Pursues citizen lawsuits as a last resort to enforce
environmental protection laws.|
-The KNRC has worked actively to
protect our water-
|The Kansas River is ranked as one of the
country's ten most endangered rivers by American Rivers, a national conservation group.
has been a vocal opponent of commercial
sand dredging that would damage sections of the Kansas River used by nature enthusiasts.
KNRC has called for limiting the use of herbicides, which are contaminating
the drinking water supply and costing cities millions of dollars to clean up before
reaching consumers' homes.
|Kansas ranks 50th in the nation for surface
water pollution under the Clean Water Act, 44th in agricultural pollution, and 42nd
overall in the nation's non-partisan Green Index.
is committed to participation in
pollution prevention, which is safer and less expensive than remedying the damages.
|Feedlots and livestock waste are one of the
top three sources of pollution of Kansas' waters.
helped stop legislation to deregulate
In this case and many others, special interest groups are working to
repeal existing environmental laws governing feedlots and their resulting water
- Become a member of the Kansas Natural Resource Council! -
Won't you join us?
As a member of the Kansas Natural Resource Council, you become an active caretaker of the
Kansas environment. When you join, you will receive:
|A cleaner, safer environment in which to live, work and
raise the next generation|
|The Journal, KNRC's periodic newsletter that analyzes
current developments in Kansas water, energy, and waste policies to keep you up to date on
what is happening|
|The KLUE, a weekly legislative update to help you track
environmental bills in the Kansas Legislature|
|Student/ Senior $25|
(See our membership form
on this web page.)
Write us at:
P.O. Box 2635
Topeka, KS 66601
Larry Erickson - President firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Ashworth - Program Manager