Wichita County LEMA Pre-Conference Hearing

The Chief Engineer of the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture, has conducted an initial review of the Wichita County LEMA plan submitted by the Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 and found it acceptable for further consideration. The proposed LEMA plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within the groundwater management district. Details about the proposed LEMA plan are available online at http://agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL

Therefore, a pre-hearing conference shall be held to finalize a tentative date of August 14, 2020 for the initial public hearing, to discuss procedures for conducting the hearing, and to consider any other relevant matters. All interested parties are welcome to participate by using the call-in information provided below.

                        Call-in Number:          (866) 620-7326

                        Conference Code:       591-340-8276 

Any parties wishing to formally intervene in proceedings should participate in this call. If you have any questions about the pre-hearing conference or access to the conference call, please contact Ronda Hutton at (785) 564-6715 or via email at ronda.hutton@ks.gov. …

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MDS Update: 6/15/2020

There are several gages below their MDS criteria presently: 1) the Rattlesnake Creek gage near Macksville, 2) the Rattlesnake Creek gage near Zenith, and 3) the North Fork Ninnescah River gage above Cheney -though administration orders for these streams are not being sent at this time.  Two other gages are also getting very close to MDS, though one of them has no surface water rights above it so is not typically administered.

To view USGS gage data for these stations, click here.

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KRWA’s “The Kansas Lifeline” article highlights the work of DWR’s 5 Chief Engineers

Ken Kopp, Water Rights/Source Water Specialist with the Kansas Rural Water Association (KRWA), wrote an article for KRWA’s The Kansas Lifeline titled “DWR Chief Engineer Passes the Torch”, that details the lives and careers of the Division of Water Resource’s (DWR) five Chief Engineers, and in doing so, provides a history of DWR and the progress of laws that it administers. This article comes as the fifth Chief Engineer, David Barfield, prepares for his retirement on February 28, 2020.

You can read the article here:

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