Fort Hays State University's Department of Geosciences has received a grant from the Kansas Geological Survey to conduct research for the Hays City Public Works Department.
FHSU will help the city of Hays submit a 10-year operations plan for the Hays industrial landfill to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Bureau of Waste Management. The 18-phase plan covers such areas as composition of waste, waste sludge disposal, safety procedures and the equipment used.
FHSU will provide the City of Hays with phase 13. This phase involves the proposed capacity and expected life of the landfill. Based off of average annual waste, final elevations and contouring data, and the present elevations, the FHSU research team will be able to determine the life expectancy for the 10-year plan.
Programs like ArcView Spatial Analyst and ArcView 3D Analyst will be used to make volumetric and cross-sectional calculations.
All of the information gathered will help to produce various maps including location and area maps for approved waste, areas of existing waste, and present-state as well as a before- and after-state topographic maps. The information will also provide the city with several cross-sections indicating cover thickness and depth of waste.
Members of the FHSU staff who are working on this project include Dr. Kenneth R. Neuhauser, professor of geosciences, Dr. Tom Schafer, assistant professor of geosciences and Dr. Richard Lisichencko, assistant professor of geosciences, along with FHSU students Jeff Geist, Abilene special graduate student, Keith Geontzel, Marion special student, and Mark Vishnefske, Minneapolis special student.