GMD 4 Manager, Ray Luhman, retires after 40 years of service

On June 28, 2019, Ray Luhman retired as manager of the Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4. Ray had worked for GMD 4 for 40 years, joining as assistant manager in 1979, and serving as manager since 2015. Ray has been a large part of the service provided by the District to its water users and a strong and effective advocate for the sensible water management of the District.  In his years as manager, Ray led his district through the process of establishing the first, and thus far only, groundwater management district-wide local enhanced management areas (LEMA) in the state.

The success of GMD 4’s two LEMAs was greatly attributed to the water users’ trust in Ray. Visit the GMD 4 LEMA website or go directly to GMD 4‘s website to learn more.

Congratulations and best wishes to Ray.

Photo by Jeff Tuttle/The Journal (Kansas Leadership Center)

 

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Judicial Review of GMD 4’s district-wide LEMA fully briefed

On June 13, 2018, a petition for judicial review of the GMD 4 District-wide Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) orders was filed in Gove County District Court along with a notice disputing the validity of K.S.A. 82a-1041 (the LEMA statutory provisions).  The case has now been fully briefed by the parties and is awaiting a decision by the Court. Copies of the briefs are available on KDA’s web site in the table titled Friesen vs. Barfield at:  https://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD4LEMA.

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Northwest KS GMD 4 LEMA challenge dismissed

On December 26, 2018, the Thomas County District Court dismissed Woofter v KDA, which sought review of the Chief Engineer’s order establishing Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District (GMD) No. 4’s “district-wide” Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) generally, and in particular, the order’s delegating decisions related to setting allocations for the plaintiffs to the GMD.

The judge determined that that Chief Engineer lawfully delegated the ability to set and review LEMA allocations via the LEMA’s management plan to the GMD.

The judge’s order is on KDA’s web page for the GMD4 LEMA.  A direct link to the decision.

This leaves Friesen vs. Barfield as the last remaining court challenge to the GMD4’s LEMA.

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Second challenge to GMD 4 District-wide LEMA filed in Thomas County

A second request for judicial review related to GMD 4’s Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) has been filed, this one in Thomas County and focused on the ability of GMD 4 to make final decisions related to setting allocations for particular plaintiffs. Posted at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD4LEMA.

Keywords: LEMA, GMD4, Legal, Court

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