Wichita Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) hearing rescheduled to Dec 11, scope of hearing narrowed

On September 4, GMD 2 filed a motion requesting additional time to prepare for the hearing. This precipitated a series of additional filings by the parties and additional pre-hearing conferences calls.  On Sept. 20, the City of Wichita requested their new applications be withdrawn.

After discussion at the September 26 pre-hearing conference, it was agreed the hearing would be postponed to December 11 and the scope of the hearing would be narrowed, dropping the consideration of the City’s withdrawn new applications.

Thus, the public hearing in the matter of Wichita’s proposed changes to Phase II of its ASR project will be held on December 11, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at American Ag Credit, located at 4105 North Ridge Road, Wichita, Kansas, 67205, to be continued on December 12 if needed.

More details on these matters are available at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/WichitaASR

Tags: WichitaASR, GMD2, StaffordFO

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GMD 5 provides its recommendations on the Hays/R9 Ranch changes

GMD 5 has provided its recommendation on the Hays/R9 water rights changes. The recommendation, along with two additional supporting documents presented at their August 27 public meeting, have been posted on KDA’s web site at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9.

Tags: HaysR9, changes, water transfer, StaffordFO, GMD5

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Quivira/GMD 5 updates: GMD 5 public meeting / Congressmen write U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On August 27, GMD 5 held a public meeting on its Proposed Rattlesnake Creek / Quivira Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA). GMD 5 has updated its web site at https://gmd5.org/proposed-rsc-lema to include the materials presented at the meeting as well as a video recording of the presentations and Q &A session.

Both Kansas Senators as well as two Representatives have written the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking they provide technical assistance related to augmentation to support the basin’s efforts to find a remedy for the impairment.  The letter is posted on our web site at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD5LEMA

Tags: Quivira, GMD5LEMA, GMD5, StaffordFO, impairment, LEMA

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Response to Audubon’s letter on Quivira and feedback to GMD 5 LEMA plan posted

As reported earlier, on August 10, GMD 5 developed a new draft of its proposed LEMA plan to resolve the Quivira impairment complaint and on August 17, the Audubon of Kansas wrote a letter calling on both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Division to act immediately to remedy the impairment.  On KDA’s web site, we have posted our latest input to GMD 5 on their LEMA plan and a response to Audubon of Kansas on their request.  See  http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/Quivira and http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD5LEMA

Tags: Quivira, GMD5LEMA, GMD5, StaffordFO, impairment, LEMA

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WaterPACK provides additional comments on the Hays/R9 Ranch changes

On behalf of the Water Protection Association of Central Kansas (WaterPACK), their consultant has provided additional technical comments regarding the modeling supporting the Cities of Hays and Russell change applications, which propose to convert the water rights of the R9 Ranch from irrigation to municipal use for the Cities. See http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9.

Tags: HaysR9, changes, water transfer, StaffordFO, GMD5

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Audubon of Kansas sends letter on Quivira impairment, calling for action

The Audubon of Kansas has written a letter calling on both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Chief Engineer to act immediately to remedy the impairment. Posted on KDA’s Quivira and GMD 5 LEMA web sites: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/Quivira and http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD5LEMA

Tags: Quivira, GMD5LEMA, GMD5, StaffordFO, impairment

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