Central Plains Center for Bioassessment

Impact assessment of the proposed Lawrence waste water treatment plant on the Wakarusa River: a long-term monitoring/assessment strategy.

The Wakarusa River near the proposed Lawrence WWTP (2007).
Date November 2013 - October 2014
Contact Debbie Baker
City of Lawrence, Kansas
Location Wakarusa River


The Central Plains Center for BioAssessment (CPCB) is monitoring two sites on the Wakarusa River for the City of Lawrence, Kansas (City) upstream and downstream from a proposed wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) site in Douglas County.  In 2013 and 2014 prior to the WWTP being built we monitored water chemistry monthly and aquatic macroinvertebrates once during each season of spring, summer, and fall.  Water samples were analyzed for nutrients, non-metals, and other constituents.  Data collected by CPCB will be analyzed using common descriptive, graphical, and statistical methods.  An annual report on these findings will be prepared for the City.


Donald Huggins

Debbie Baker