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Governor's Conference


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:

View Day 2 Poster Abstracts HERE

View Day 2 Oral Abstracts HERE
(or go to the Agenda and click on the abstract link)

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

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 BG DeLucaBrigadier General Duke DeLuca, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD). As MVD commander, DeLuca is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program that encompasses portions of 12 sstates and plays a vital role in managing the Corps water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley.

Photo Darron LeikerDarron Leiker, ICMA-CM, City Manager, Wichita Falls, Texas - currently leads 1,200 employees, oversees the budget and is working to diminish the effects of drought on the city through water conservation policies and activities including direct and indirect water reuse.


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 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