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Basin Advisory Committees

For more than 20 years Basin Advisory Committees (BAC) have been a vital voice for water resource issues in Kansas. These citizen advisory groups who provide insight, track issues and alert the Kansas Water Office (KWO) and Kansas Water Authority (KWA) when areas of concern arise in any of the 12 river basins located in Kansas. Each BAC determines the number of members and the categories to provide maximum citizen input on Basin issues. All BACs have seven "core" categories: agriculture, conservation/environment, fish and wildlife, industry/commerce, municipal public water suppliers, recreation and one slot for an at-large public member.  Each BAC fills the balance of their membership roster (two or four members) with membership categories that represent the diversity of water uses and user groups in their basin.

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The Kansas Water Office formulates a comprehensive state water plan for the management, conservation and development of the water resources of the state. The Kansas Water Plan includes sections corresponding with water planning areas which are determined by the Kansas Water Office (K.S.A. 82a-903). Water planning is achieved by addressing issues in the major river basins. 

The Basin Advisory Committees (BAC) provide insight and advice on water issues to the Kansas Water Authority and serve as a forum for community involvement. Each of the state's 12 principal river basins in Kansas has a Basin Advisory Committee. The committees were established on June 28, 1985. The original committee structure was modified in 2006 to increase citizen input and the committees' impact. Each BAC determines the number of members and the categories to provide maximum citizen input on Basin issues. All BACs have seven "core" categories: agriculture, conservation/environment, fish and wildlife, industry/commerce, municipal public water suppliers, recreation and one slot for an at-large public member.  Each BAC fills the balance of their membership roster (two or four members) with membership categories that represent the diversity of water uses and user groups in their basin.

 


The WaterFront Newsletter Graphic
Water News for the Basin Advisory Committee Members

July 31, 2013 - Basin Advisory Committee Members Conference Call/GLANCE Session - PowerPoint - KWP Volume II

For more information on
Basin Advisory Committees
check out their pages below

Cimarron
Kansas-Lower Republican
Lower Arkansas
Marais des Cygnes
Missouri
Neosho
Smoky Hill-Saline
Solomon
Upper Arkansas
Upper Republican
Verdigris
Walnut