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The Kansas Water Office is enthusiastic about the progress made regarding the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas occurring November 18-19, 2015.

The past two years have been more focused on our state's supply and addressing the declines with the aquifer, but we also know our reservoirs are a huge priority as well. It is time for implementation and more about the strategies that will suppport that. Changing habits and helping others see the value of our water is a must! This is more the tone you will hear this fall.

The agenda for Day 1 will include hearing from the Governor, the Vision team and talking about the Phase I action items in the Vision as well as the following topics/speakers:

Photo Stacy Nelson Dr. Stacy Nelson is with VitalSmarts-Crucial Conversations - Crucial Accountability - Influencer - Change Anything. Dr. Nelson has more than thirty years of experience in leadership development. He delivers keynotes all over the nation about social change for business performance and he has become a trusted in leader in helping teams and companies increase organizational effectiveness, achieve bottom line results and become more measurably vital. He will be sharing some of the topics covered in the "Influencer: the New Science of Leading Change" and tailor it to our Vision process. He will plan to tailor an interesting, yet very motivational talk, about implementing the Vision. 
Photo Tristan & Charles

Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc, with Sans façon: WATERSHED+ Project Implementation & Development helps the general population to understand ater, have an emotional connection to its value as well as the value of conservation.

In 2011, Sans façon moved to Calgary to establish WATERSHED+, a city-wide program for the City of Calgary to renew the relationship between citizens and watershed. Its guiding motive is to embed, not so much the artist, as their creative process within Water Services core activities and the Calgary watershed. Artists and artistic practices are participating as members on infrastructure design teams, contributing to project design, development of events, community education and communication to enhance the public's perception of the natural and man-made watershed, generating an emotional connection for Calgarians.

Recently Sans façon has started working with 4culture in Seattle and over the course of the next year, they will be crafting a conceptual framework for art integration that places an emphasis on revealing the complex and hidden system and treatment innovations with King County's CSO control plan.

Photo Dominic Dominic Jones, Red Rock Rural Water System. Regional Cooperation that helped to provide water to many rural residents and cities in Minnesota. Red Rock Rural Water (RRRW) has completed over $30 million in expansion projects with a majority of the funding provided from USDA-Rural Development. RRRW is a publicly owned system that provides water to rural residents and more than 30 cities in 10 counties in southwest Minnesota.

This project and many partnerships involved further demonstrate the overall regional concept of RRRW and the overall regional concept of rural water systems in the State of Minnesota. It is vital to show through dedication and commitment to enhance the quality of life for the people (in southwest Minnesota) by acquiring and providing reliable, high quality, affordable water in an environmental responsible manner. 
Photo Rex Buchanan

Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, since 1978, and has been the Interim Director since 2010. He is the co-author of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks  (rev. edition, 2010) and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils  (rev. edition, 2010), both published by the University Press of Kansas; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press (1994); and co-editor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute (1995).  He is currently the Secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors.  He chairs the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity.  In 2008 he was named a Fellow of GSA, and in 2009 was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE.  He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

THANK YOU to our sponsors who help keep registration costs very affordable. 
Reception Level Sponsors
Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Platinum Level Sponsors Gold Level Sponsors
Kansas Rural Water Association
Westar Energy
FirstWater Ag
Kansas Biological Survey
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Forest Service
Kansas Geological Survey
KS Grain Sorghum Commission/United Sorghum Checkoff
Silver Level Sponsors Student Award
Brown & Caldwell
Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC
EBH & Associates
Foulston Siefkin LLP, David Traster
Kansas Bankers Association
Kansas Contractors Association
Kansas Livestock Association
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Professional Engineering Consultants
State Association of Kansas Watersheds
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Westar Energy

Bronze Level Sponsors
Kansas Dairy Commission & Kansas Dairy Association







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