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THANK YOU for your participation in the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas.  We hope you found the conference informative and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

The annual Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas was held November 12-13, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas. It highlighted the latest policy and research developments of water issues in Kansas. The conference brought together scientists, water managers, state and federal officials and legislators, city and county administrators, environmental organizations, irrigators and citizens who share an interest in Kansas water resources.  We thank our sponsors who help keep registration costs very affordable. 

PowerPoint Presentations Day 1:

PowerPoint Presentations from Day 2 Concurrent Sessions:

Concurrent Session 1

A. Crops & Water

B. Emerging Issues I

C. High Plains Aquifer I

D. Urban Water

E. Water Quality I

Concurrent Session 2

A. Technology & Crops

B. Emerging Issues II

C. High Plains Aquifer II

D. Water Qualitly II

E. Playas & Recharge I

Concurrent Session 3

A. Drought and Its Impact

B. New Sources of Supply

C. Water Law

D. Water Quality III

E. Playas & Recharge II

Concurrent Session 4

A. Water Resources Data Bases

B. Economics of Irrigation

C. Water Management

D. Water Supplies & Planning

Thank you to all our sponsors who help keep registration costs very affordable. 

Conference Sponsors
Reception Level Sponsors
Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Platinum Level Sponsors
Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission/
Sorghum Checkoff Program
Kansas Rural Water Association
Westar Energy
Gold Level Sponsors
CDM Smith
Dow Agrosciences
Kansas Biological Survey
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kansas Department of Wildife, Parks & Tourism
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Forest Service
Kansas Geological Survey
Kansas Groundwater Management Districts
Select Energy
Servi-Tech LLC
Silver Level Sponsors
Brown & Caldwell
From the Land of Kansas
Kansas Bankers Association
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Professional Engineering Consultants
Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery
State Association of Kansas Watersheds
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Student Award
Westar Energy
Bronze Level Sponsors
Kansas Dairy Commission & Dairy Association

Day Two:

Abstracts on water research are invited. Thematic areas include, but are not limited to: Water Reuse and other new sources of water; WRAPS, watershed infrastructure, sediment control; Urban water infrastructure and management; Irrigation technology; High Plains aquifer management; aquifer and surface water conditions, trends and user perceptions; reservoir sustainability; extreme weather and climate change; water and energy.

  • Concurrent Sessions featuring research presentations
  • Governor's Student Poster Awards

Submitting Proposals for Day 2

  • Deadline for professional/academic abstracts (poster & oral):
  • Deadline for Student Poster Abstracts:

Please have the following information available before you begin the submission process:

  • Contact information for primary presenter
  • Co-presenter information (names and organizations/institutions)
  • Biographical sketch for each presented (oral presentation proposals only)
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation abstract (Word or PDF file to be uploaded, 500-word limit)
  • Topic area(s)
  • Poster display requirements (poster proposals only)

Abstract submission link

The Governor's Award certificates will be given to the top undergraduate poster and the top graduate poster and cash awards to the winners and top two runners up at the conference. To be considered for an award, students must submit an electronic version (such as PDF) of their poster for initial judging by Wednesay, November 5, 2014 to Any questions please call: 785-296-3185. Students presenting at the conference please be sure to register, we will have a spot available for you.


Current News

Hotel Rooms have been blocked at the following hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center
410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-532-9116; Room Rate: $114.00
Block ends: October 23, 2015

Bluemont Hotel
1212 Bluemont Avenue, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-473-7011; Room Rate: $85.00
Block ends: October 30, 2015

Candlewood Suites Manhattan
210 Blue Earth Place, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-320-7995;
Room Rate: Govt. Rate: $83.00
Non-Govt. Rate: $99.00
Block ends: October 30, 2015

Fairfield Inn
300 Colorado Street, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-539-2400; Room Rate: $99.00
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Four Points by Sheraton
530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-539-5311; Room Rate: $83.00
Block ends: November 1, 2015

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
115 Blue Earth Place, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-320-7454; Room Rate: $83.00
Block ends: October 17, 2015