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Public Education Committee

Water Quality Public Education Committee (WQEC)

Committee history

Since 2003, MARC has convened a committee of representatives from local governments and environmental organizations to develop a regional water quality public education program. The committee was formed in response to numerous requests from local governments to develop a cooperative approach to water quality public education and to meet federal NPDES Phase I/II regulatory requirements. The committee’s efforts have provided a firm foundation for its goal of educating the general public about actions they can take to reduce non-point source (NPS) pollution.

Program details

The Regional Water Quality Public Education Program is a comprehensive approach to raising public awareness about watershed issues and water quality in the Kansas City region. Currently, 23 local governments participate in the Water Quality Education Committee.

To read about the committee’s recent activities and accomplishments, view the 2016 Annual Report.


The Regional Water Quality Public Education Committee meetings are held quarterly and are typically held at the MARC offices from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Dates for 2017 are:

  • January 19
  • April 20
  • July 20
  • October 19

For additional information about the Water Quality Education Committee, contact Alecia Kates at or 816-701-8233.