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Governor's Conference

 

Registration for the Govenor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is now OPEN!

Call for Student Abstracts (Posters, Day 2) Now Open! (scroll to bottom of page for more information)
DEADLINE OCTOBER 15, 2014

You can register two ways:

  • Online - credit card payment only - Credit Card Conference Registration (please note there is an efficiency fee for all credit card payments)
  • Mail in registration - fill out the registration form on the Brochure and send it and a check made payable to the Kansas Water Office to:  Kansas Water Office, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 404, Topeka, KS 66612.

The annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas will be held November 12-13, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, KS. This third year for the conference will highlight the latest policy and research development of water issues in Kansas. The conference brings 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.  A large focus will be sharing the outcomes of the past year to address the Governor's 2013 Call to Action to develop a long-term vision for our state's future water supply.  Registration is limited and sold out last year.

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
Syngenta
Westar Energy
Gold Level Sponsors

CDM Smith
Dow Agrosciences
Kansas Biological Survey
Kansas Department of Wildife, Parks & Tourism
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Forest Service
Kansas Geological Survey
Kansas Groundwater Management Districts
Select Energy
Stantec
WaterOne
   
Silver Level Sponsors

Brown & Caldwell
Kansas Bankers Association
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Professional Engineering Consultants
State Association of Kansas Watersheds
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Student Award

Westar Energy

Bronze Level Sponsors

Kansas Dairy Commission & Dairy Association

Many great speakers and topics are planned for both days of the conference.

Day One:

Photo Paul WengerPaul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation President will talk about "Working with your Available Resources". He is a third-generation farmer, and farms almonds and walnuts on the family farm, which includes property purchased by his grandfather. Photo Rhett EvansRhett Evans is CEO of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment.
Photo Mark LambertMark Lambert, CEO, IDE Americas, Inc.  Mark Lambert has extensive experience in the Water and Environmental industries and has a strong track record of success in the management of successful organizations. Mr. Lambert is responsible for all IDE activities in the Americas, EPC, BO, BOOT project delivery methods in the global Desalination market as well as Industrial Waste Water Treatment in select target markets including Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Mining. Photo Mike Teague

Mike Teague is the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment and helps develop and advance policies that encourage energy exploration and production as well as responsible stewardship.

 

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.

Plenary Speaker:

Photo Jerry deNoyellesJerry deNoyelles, Deputy Director, Kansas Biological Survey, will talk about "Reservoir Sedimentation: Challenges in Kansas". He researches lake and reservoir ecosystems, including stress on aquatic life, water quality conditions and changing ecology at aging reservoirs.  
  • Concurrent Sessions featuring research presentations
  • Governor's Student Poster Awards

Submitting Proposals for Day 2

  • Deadline for professional/academic abstracts (poster & oral): September 15, 2014
  • Deadline for Student Poster Abstracts: October 24, 2014

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 October 24, 2014.

 


Current News


Press Release: Registration is now open for the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas - 8/27/2014


Hotel Rooms have been blocked at the following hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center
410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-532-9116; Room Rate: $114.00
Block ends: October 17, 2014

Bluemont Hotel
1212 Bluemont Avenue, Manhattan, KS
 Ph: 785-473-7091; Room Rate: $85.00
Block ends: October 21, 2014

Fairfield Inn & Suites
300 Colorado Street, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 785-539-2400; Room Rate: $99.00
Block ends: October 12, 2014

Parkwood Inn & Suites - Group #: 1509
505 S. 17th Street, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 877-816-5440; Room Rate: $85.00
Block ends: October 12, 2014

Four Points By Sheraton
530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, KS
Ph: 866-716-8133; Room Rate: $80.00
Block ends: October 27, 2014


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2013 Governor's Conference