Natural Resources Advisory Board


  • 11:00 am
  • 4th Wednesday of the odd-numbered months. 
  • Conference Room 1 A/B
    516 Mechanic Street
    Emporia, KS 66801


Vacancies: 2

The Recycling Advisory Board was established on October 17, 1990, by Ordinance Number 90-20. On April 20, 2005, the board was renamed the Natural Resources Advisory Board (NRAB) by Ordinance Number and changed the number of people to serve on the board. The main purpose of the advisory board will be to improve public information about preserving our natural resources.

The board shall consist of not less than 8 members and not more than 12 members. Eight of the members may be appointed by the governing body of the City, two members may be appointed by the governing body of Lyon County, and two members may be appointed by the governing body of Chase County.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on December 31. Members shall serve no more than two successive three-year terms.

Board members must reside within Lyon County or Chase County.


  • Brandi Galbreath - City Liaison
  • Daphne Reed Mertens - Chair
  • Nadia Qureshi - Vice-Chair
  • Marcia Lawrence
  • Daphne Mayes
  • Lisa Keith
  • Keith Senn
  • Colleen Mitchell
  • Brenda Koerner

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The Emporia City Commission established the Recycling Advisory Board in 1990 and mandated that the Board "improve public information on recycling." The Board originally consisted of four members named by the City Commission and one named by the Lyon County Commission. As the Board broadened its educational mandate, additional persons were drawn in. Currently working with the Board is the director of the Flint Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council, a representative of the Cooperative Extension Service and the Supervisor of the Emporia Sanitation Division

In 2005 the Recycling Advisory Board was blended into the new Natural Resources Advisory Board. Membership includes appointees from Chase and Lyon Counties and the city of Emporia to include no less than eight nor more than twelve members. In addition to speaking to school groups and to service organizations, members of the Board have taken on a number of projects.

The Natural Resources Advisory Board improves public information about Recycling, Arbor Day, and Effects of Storm Water Pollution. An educational commercial has been produced and airs on local access channels.

A Better Place for Pharmacy Waste

Residents with old and excess medications are no longer instructed to use flushing or drain-disposal as a disposal method. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey have shown such actions can negatively impact the aquatic environment.

Justine Wallis, an intern for the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute will spend the summer visiting retail pharmacies and medical clinics across Kansas, distributing posters that identify two alternative disposal methods for medication.

"Lyon county residents are encouraged to take their unneeded medications to the Lyon County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3000 West South Avenue, in Emporia," Wallis said. "However, the facility cannot accept controlled substances or narcotics."

If residents are unable to bring their pharmacy waste to the Lyon county facility, they may use an alternative disposal method. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has outlined an environmentally preferred disposal option for over-the-counter and prescription medications. Simply crush and dissolve pills in water, coffee or another liquid, then make a paste by adding coffee grounds or kitty litter. The paste should be put in a closed container, such as a sour cream tub, and thrown away in the trash, Wallis said.

The Pollution Prevention Institute at Kansas State University is funded in part by the Kansas Health Foundation. The institute focuses on sustainability promotion through environmental education.

Prepared by Justine Wallis
Phone: 785-532-4283
Email Justine Wallis

For further information contact Nancy Larson
Phone: 316-660-0100
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