Upper Smoky Hill Regional Advisory Committee

Map of Upper Smoky Hill RAC Boundaries

Current Focus Area

To develop a water use reduction plan to reduce the rate of depletion of groundwater resources, to sustain the long-term economy of the area. Increasing water use efficiency and flexibility, to achieve an overall reduction in water usage while maintaining economic viability.

Guiding Principle

Achieving sustainability is defined for this planning region as ensuring the future health and success of the community, environment, economy, and the people of the region. Implementation of these goals should not purposefully or unintentionally penalize good stewards. 

About the RAC

RAC Planner: Richard Rockel - richard.rockel@kwo.ks.gov

The Upper Smoky Hill RAC has members representing water users in the categories of irrigation, industry and commerce, conservation and environment, agriculture, public water supply, groundwater management, and the general public. Click here for a full list of Upper Smoky Hill Regional Advisory Committee Membership.

The Upper Smoky Hill RAC has five goals to address a variety of water supply issues in the region. Click here to access the full Upper Smoky Hill Action Plan.

Upper Smoky irrigation

Irrigated agriculture is the largest water use in Kansas with much of this region relying on the depleting Ogallala aquifer. This region is also known for supporting the largest number of feedlots in Kansas. A local land owner initiative in Wichita County is implementing the first county-wide Water Conservation Area (WCA) plan in Kansas.  

Quick Facts

Located in west central Kansas, the region overlays the Ogallala and Dakota aquifers.

  • Size: 5,498 sq miles
  • Precipitation: 16-20 inches yearly, W-E
  • Water Supply & Storage: Highest User - Irrigation 95%

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