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Engineering team hired to start studies for a modern water treatment system in Southeast Kansas

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Unique SE Kansas Partnership Hires Engineers Toward Developing Modern Water Treatment System
Infrastructure improvements take aim at economic development

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. (Aug. 16, 2013) -- The recently formed Shoal Creek Basin Regional Waste Water Authority took the next step toward developing a modern water treatment system for Southeast Kansas by hiring an engineering team to undertake preliminary studies.

The Authority is a novel partnership known as an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement, the first of its kind in Kansas, involving an Indian tribe from one state and local county and city governments from another state looking to bring significant public infrastructure improvements to an area badly in need of economic development. The partnership consists of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and the Cherokee County (Kan.) Commission, and city governments of Galena, Baxter Springs and Riverton. The Tribe's Downstream Casino Resort spans property in three states — Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri — and has been active in other community building activities.

The Authority recently contracted engineers from three firms to share responsibilities in producing a study to outline various options, possible phases to the development process, as well as the potential funding sources. Timeline for the preliminary engineering study is 120 days.

The engineering project team includes Tri-State Engineering, TranSystems, and the Menen Group.

Tri-State Engineering, represented by Clayton Cristy, will be in charge of project management, providing local input, and developing and evaluating sewer collection alternatives. TranSystems, represented by Shawn Turner, will also provide project management and local input, and will focus on developing and evaluating sewer collection alternatives. Mr. Turner lives within the project area and has extensive experience with projects in the area. The Menen Group, represented by Chris Milligan, will be providing technical expertise in wastewater treatment planning and design, ultimately developing the treatment system alternatives. 

The goal of Shoal Creek Basin Regional Waste Water Authority is to establish a modern, efficient waste water treatment system which, unlike the lagoon systems currently serving southeast Cherokee County's communities, will have the capability to remove dissolved metals and industrial chemicals. This will provide much better overall water treatment and, it is hoped, make the area more attractive for economic development.

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