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Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback Issued a Call to Action for a Vision for the

Future of Water in Kansas at the Recent Governor's Conference on Water
Kansas Water Priorities Must Be Addressed to Meet State's Current and Future Needs

Throughout March, 26 public meetings were hosted by the Water Vision Regional Goal Leadership Teams to begin the goal setting process to help develop water supply goals for each region.  Thank you to the 1200 Kansans who took the time to attend and provide input at a meeting in their area.

In January 2015, the Kansas Water Authority approved the changes described in this memo to the Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas.

To view the Vision document, click the button below.

Vision Cover 

Comments or Questions
If you have questions or comments please send them to:
Kansas Water Office, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 404
Topeka, KS 66612; Phone: 785-296-3185 or Toll Free: 1-888-526-9283

The Vision

The Vision will take the Kansas Water Plan to a whole new level with more intense work with government, cities and counties, the groundwater management districts, water assurance districts, industry and stakeholders to develop this vision and area specific goals for ensuring a reliable water supply for Kansas citizens.

Over the next six months, the Visioning Team will be conducting coordinated outreach with many stakeholders throughout the state representing all uses of water. Feedback gained from these stakeholder meetings will serve as the basis of the draft Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.

Stakeholder outreach will also make use of existing committees to the Kansas Water Authority including Basin Advisory Committees, Ogallala Aquifer Advisory Committee, Reservoir Advisory Committee and the Kansas Aqueduct Stakeholder Committee.

Kansas Water Vision Team
Kansas Water Office Kansas Department of Agriculture
Tracy Streeter, Director Jackie McClaskey, Secretary
Earl Lewis, Assistant Director Lane Letourneau, Division of Water Resources
Katie Ingels, Communications Director Greg Foley, Division of Conservation
  Susan Metzger, Assistant Secretary
Vision Team Leader

Regional Goal Setting

A guiding principle of the Vision is that locally driven solutions have the highest opportunity for long-term success. With that in mind, the Vision outlines a process for water supply goals to be established by regions by stakeholders as a means for measuring success and implementing the Vision. A Regional Goal Leadership Team consisting of 9 to 11 individuals per region has been identified by the Kansas Water Authority to represent 14 planning areas (Map). The role of each team is to participate in a public scoping process in their region, develop draft goals for their region based on public input and available resource condition information and present the draft goals to the Kansas Water Authority. A list of each individual serving on a Regional Goal Leadership Team is listed here.

Regional Goal Leadership Team Work Sessions

Region Team Work Sessions
Cimarron April 2, (Thursday), 2:00 pm, Conestoga, 1701 N. Kansas, Liberal, KS
April 6, (Monday), 12:30pm, Chamber of Commerce, 500 N. Main St., Ste., 101, Newton, KS
May 5, (Tuesday), 12:30pm, Chamber of Commerce, 500 N. Main St., Ste. 101, Newton, KS - Cancelled
Great Bend Prairie April 7, (Tuesday), 7:00 pm, Lyons City Building, 201 W. Main, Lyons, KS
Kansas March 25, (Wednesday), 5:00 pm, Trails Cafe (back mtg room), 606 Arizona Avenue, Holton, KS
Marais des Cygnes April 1, (Wednesday), 1:00 pm, Ottawa City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, KS
Missouri April 8, (Wednesday), 1:00 pm, City Hall, Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 515 Kansas Avenue, Atchison, KS
Neosho April 20, (Monday), 12:30 pm, John Redmond Reservoir Project Office, Burlington, KS
Red Hills April 29, (Wednesday), 1:00 pm, Peoples Bank, 121 S. Main Street, Medicine Lodge, KS
Smoky Hill-Saline March 23, (Monday), 10:00 am, Ellsworth City Hall, Council Chamber Room, 121 West 1st Street, Ellsworth, KS
Solomon-Republican April 28, (Tuesday), 9:00 am, Stockton Field Office, 820 S. Walnut Street, Stockton, KS
Upper Arkansas April 2, (Thursday), 6:00 pm, GMD #3, 2009 E Spruce Street, Garden City, KS
Upper Republican April 6, (Monday), 1:00 pm, Colby Law Enforcement Center, 225 N. Court Avenue #1, Colby, KS
Upper Smoky Hill March 13, (Friday) - 10:00 am, KLA Environmental Services Office, 1303 Yucca St., Scott City, KS
Verdigris April 9, (Thursday), 11:00 am, Memorial Hall, 410 N. Penn Avenue, Independence, KS


Regional Goal Leadership Team Orientation

Regional Planning Area Maps & Materials


Public Outreach
Public Comments:

Public Outreach
Winfield Meeting
GMD #2
Public Comments:
El Dorado
Great Bend Prairie

Public Outreach
Public Comments:

Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Marais des Cygnes
Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Ft. Scott

Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Poultry Litter

Neosho Helicopter Video
Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Red Hills

Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Medicine Lodge
Smoky Hill-Saline
 Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Upper Arkansas
Public Outreach
 Western KS Water Supply
Public Comments:
Garden City
Upper Republican
Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Upper Smoky Hill
Reports: Rotations & Cultural Practices
Sheridan 6 LEMA
Potential Economic Impact of Water Use Changes in NW Kansas
Public Outreach
Public Comments:
Scott City
Public Outreach
Public Comments:


Regional Goal Leadership Public Input Meetings

Region Public Input Meeting Dates/Location
Cimarron March 12 - Liberal, Seward Co. Comm. College/Area Technical School, 1801 N. Kansas, 1:30 pm
March 3 - Winfield, Southwestern College Campus, Wroten Hall, Fowler Avenue, 7:00 pm
March 9 - Hutchinson, Justice Theater in the Shears Technology Center at Hutchinson Community
                College, Plum and 14th Street, 7:00 pm
March 24 - Wichita, City Council Chambers, 455 N. Main, 7:00 pm
March 31 - El Dorado, Civic Center, 201 E. Central, 7:00 pm
Great Bend Prairie March 10 - Larned, J A Haas Building, 400 E. 18th Street, 7:00 pm
Kansas March 9 - DeSoto, DeSoto Senior Center, 32905 W. 84th Street, 7:00 pm
March 11 - Manhattan, Fire Department Headquarters, 2000 Denison Ave, 7:00 pm
Marais des Cygnes March 2 - Fort Scott, Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Avenue, 7:00 pm
March 3 - Paola, Paola Fire Department Training Room, 202 E. Wea Street, 7:00 pm
March 5 - Ottawa, Neosho Co. Community College-Ottawa Campus, 900 E. Logan Street, 7:00 pm
Missouri March 12 - Leavenworth,  Heritage Center, 109 Delaware, 2:00 pm
March 12 - Hiawatha, Hiawatha Middle School, 307 South Morrill Avenue, 7:00 pm
Neosho March 9 - Erie, Neosho County Courthouse, 100 S. Main Street, 7:00 pm
March 11 - Emporia, Flint Hill Technical College, Main Bldg. Conference Room,
                   3301 W. 18th Avenue, 7:00 pm
Red Hills March 30 - Medicine Lodge, Jr./Sr. High School Gym, 400 W. El Dorado Avenue, 7:00 pm
Smoky Hill-Saline March 3 - Wakeeney, Western Electric Building, 635 South 13th Street, 1:00 pm
March 3 - Salina, Salina Public Library, Prescott Room, 301 West Elm Street, 7:00 pm
Solomon-Republican March 26 - Phillipsburg, 4-H Building, 1481 Hwy 183, 7:00 pm
March 31 - Beloit, Beloit Technical College, Conference Room, 3033 US Hwy 24, 7:00 pm
Upper Arkansas March 12 - Garden City, Finney County Fairgrounds, 209 Lake Avenue, 6:00 pm
Upper Republican March 10 - Goodland,  Fire EMS Building, 1004 Center Avenue, 9:00 am (MT)
March 10 - Colby,  Community Building, 285 E. 5th Street, 7:00 pm
Upper Smoky Hill March 4 - Scott City,  William Carpenter 4-H Building, 608 Fairground Road, SE Room, 1:00 pm
March 4 - Tribune,  Greeley County 4-H Building, 905 Ingalls, 6:00 p.m. (MT)
Verdigris March 10 - Independence, Memorial Hall, 410 N. Penn Ave., 3:00 pm



Vision Timeline

Timeline Graphic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Regional Goal Leadership Teams
Work Session Schedules

Regional Goal Leadership
Public Input Meetings

Regional Planning Area
Maps & Materials

Vision Timeline

A Long-Term Vision for the Future of
Water Supply in Kansas
January 2015

Vision Cover

Vision Informational Brochure
Prepared by: Jordan Pieschl
KSU Student & KDA Intern


Press Release: Public Input Meetings Continue for Setting Regional Water Supply Goals - 3/20/2015

Press Release: Public Input Meeting Continue for Setting Regional Water Supply Goals - Audio Clip - 3/6/2015

Press Release: Public Input Meetings Begin March 2 for Setting Regional Water Supply Goals - 2/27/2015

Press Release - Public Input Meetings for Setting Regional Water Supply Goals - 2/20/2015

Press Release - Kansas Water Regional Goal Leadership Teams - Recently the teams met for their orientation session to begin the water supply goal setting process - 2/16/2015

Interview - The Ag Network, John Jenkinson interviews Tracy Streeter, Director of the KWO to get caught up on the Kansas Water Vision. 8/18/2014 - Segment 1 & Segment 2

Summary slides from KWA Vision Breakout Discussion - 08/21/2014

Interview - Kansas AG Report - Bryan Hallman interviews Earl Lewis, Assistant Director of the KWO to discuss the first draft of the the Governor's 50 Year Water Vision Plan - 7/20/2014

Press Release - Water Vision Team Concludes Statewide Tour - 7/14/2014

PowerPoint - Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas

Past News

Comments from Alllyn Lockner, former Director of the Kansas Water Office:

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