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Programs

Public Water Supply System GIS Mapping Assistance Program

The Public Water Supply System GIS Mapping Assistance Program is designed to promote modern mapping of public water supply systems in the State of Kansas. Mapping of water supply infrastructure provides a number of benefits, including the capacity to more accurately respond to facility locate requests (such as Kansas One Call). System operations and maintenance also benefit from more easily locating problems; completing repairs; and scheduling maintenance.

The GIS Mapping Assistance Program, funded through the Clean Drinking Water Fee Fund, provides grant funding to public water suppliers for assistance with GIS mapping project that meet the program parameters. The Clean Drinking Water Fee Fund provides a source of funding for technical assistance to public water supply systems across the state.

The decision to map a system is determined by the governing body of the public water supply system. The Program is a voluntary program to provide assistance to qualifying systems to map public water supply infrastructure.

In order to receive funding, a mapping proposal must be submitted to the KWO. The KWO has developed forms for application (listed below in pdf format).

For more information on the program see Public Water Supply System GIS Mapping Grant Assistance Program.

Water Conservation Project Fund - Upper Arkansas Basin

The Water Conservation Project Fund received $9,684,425 of the $34,615,146 State of Colorado payment to Kansas, as a result of the U.S. Supreme court ruling on the Kansas v. Colorado lawsuit regarding violations of the Arkansas River Compact.  K.S.A. 82a-1803 instructs the Director of the Kansas Water Office to administer these funds in the affected area with priority to projects that achieve the greatest water conservation efficiency for the general good and those that have been required by the Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources.

Project Updates:

The Kearny County Farmers Irrigation Association project is the replacement/upgrade of the Amazon Ditch Head Gates. The Project will replace 16 slide gates with 4 larger radial gates. Controllers for remote operations will also be added. The project is anticipated to improve water use efficiency, as well as save water and energy. The Amazon head gates are the diversion point for 16,000 acres under irrigation by members of the Kearny County Irrigation Assoc. and deliveries to Lake McKinney for the 20,000 acres irrigation by the Great Eastern ditch system. The total authorized diversion for these two systems is 91,000 acre-feet. The Farmers, Frontier, South Side and Garden City ditches will also benefit indirectly by the availability of more water. They are asking for up to $750,000 for this project. This cost to the WCPF may be reduced by $299,000 if the WaterSMART Grant is approved by the Bureau of Reclamation. Amazon Head Gate Improvement Project Approval Letter

The Frontier Ditch company project is the upgrade of the West Bridge Creek 165' wooden flume built in the 1880s. This will replace the structural flume elements with corrosion protected materials including the wooden flume with corrugated steel half pipe with protective polymer. Water use efficiency will be improved when this source of extensive leakage is eliminated. In addition the flue outlet transition and a ditch lateral turnout will be redesigned and constructed to reduce scour and erosion, improving efficiency and operation. They are asking for up to $500,000 for this project. Efficiency Improvements and Upgrades to Frontier Ditch West Bridge Creek Flume Approval Letter

The 2008 Kansas Legislature provided opportunity to Southwest KS GMD #3 to administer these funds through a grant agreement with the KWO. Inquiries for funds should not be addressed to SW KS GMD #3, 409 Campus Drive, Suite 108, Garden City, KS 67846, Phone 620-275-7147. Projects under the WCPF must be in the area impacted by reduced Arkansas River flows entering Kansas from Colorado and meet eligibility requirements and goals in K.S.A. 82a-1803 and Senate Bill 534.

2011 Western Water Conservation Projects Fund Activity (for the 2012 Legislature)

2010 Western WCPF Grant Report on Fund Activity (for 2011 Legislature)

2009 Western WCPF Project Fund Annual Report of Activities (for the 2010 Legislature)

Kansas Water Office Water Planning Program

The Kansas Water Office Planning Program, in cooperation with other state and federal agencies, prepare the state comprehensive plan for the management, conservation and development of Kansas' water resources. The Kansas Water Plan is updated regularly and provides the framework for addressing the state's water problems, issues and concerns.

Dispute Resolution Services 

The Kansas Water Office provides facilitation services for people and organizations involved in water or natural resources related issues, whether they are between two parties or involve multiple parties. Participation in facilitated sessions is voluntary.

Water Conservation 

The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to develop and maintain guidelines for water conservation plans and practices, and to provide, or arrange to provide, technical assistance for water uses required to adopt and implement conservation plans and practices. The Water Conservation Program has developed guidelines for municipal, industrial and irrigation water use.

Water Conservation Education

The Kansas Water Office is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supply through water efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water - and perform as well or better than your existing products.

Drought Monitoring

The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to advise the Governor on drought conditions and coordinates the Governor's drought response team. The Drought Monitoring Program collects climate data from a variety of sources, monitors drought activities and publishes the Drought Report each month.

Water Assurance

The Water Assurance Program was enacted in statute in 1986. The purpose of the Program is to allow for coordinated operation of state-owned or controlled water storage space in federal reservoirs in a designated basin to satisfy downstream municipal and industrial water rights during drought conditions. Water right holders are therefore assured to receive enhanced flow during times of drought by state operation of reservoirs in a basin as a system for increased efficiency in water delivery.

Water Marketing

The Water Marketing Contract Program, the only one of its kind in the nation, began in 1974 when the Legislature enacted the State Water Plan Storage Act, authorizing the KWO to contract with water purchasers for sale of water from state owned storage in federal reservoirs. Water sold from these reservoirs must be used for municipal or industrial purposes. The purpose of the Program is to develop adequate water supply storage to meet present and anticipate municipal and industrial water needs, in the best interests of the state.

Weather Modification

The Kansas Water Office administrates the provisions of the provisions of the Kansas Weather Modification Act which authorizes it to license operators and issue permits related to the weather modification programs in Kansas. The purpose of this program is to insure that operations are safe to operators and the public and that the operations are beneficial to the state.

Projects

John Redmond Dredging Initiative

The State of Kansas is proposing to dredge John Redmond Reservoir to restore water supply lost to sedimentation. Information on the project purpose, schedule, funding, public meetings and more will be continuously added to this website.

Cottonwood Streambank

The Kansas Water Office has received funding from the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (KWPCRF) to address sedimentation in the Cottonwood-Neosho River Basin. An 11,013 feet reach of the Cottonwood River has been identified as a high priority area for streambank stabilization to reduce sedimentation. Restoration of the riparian buffer adjacent to the stream is also a goal of this project.

Smoky Hill Streambank

The Kansas Water Office has received funding from the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (KWPCRF) to address sedimentation in the Lower Smoky Hill River Basin. A total of approximately one mile streambank above the City of Salina intake on the Smoky Hill River has been identified as a high priority area for streambank stabilization to reduce sedimentation by about 5,475 tons. Restoration of the riparian buffer adjacent to the stream is also a goal of this project.

Streambank Erosion Assessments

The protection of riparian and wetland areas, when systematically implemented and targeted above water supply reservoirs, may significantly reduce future sediment loads, extending storage capacity. An approach that targets entire reaches in the highest priority areas for stabilization, instead of individual scattered sites, is more effective at reducing sediment loads. In an effort to identify the highest priority stream reaches, the Kansas Water Office is conducting assessments using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and stream water quality monitoring data in the watersheds above water supply reservoirs. As assessments are completed, results are shared with Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Stakeholder Leadership Teams (SLTs) and other agencies to guide prioritization of streambank restoration to reaches where erosion is most severe.

Republican River WaterSMART Basin Study

The State of Kansas has entered into a WaterSMART basin study with the States of Colorado and Nebraska and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  The purpose of the Republican River basin study is to assess current and future imbalances between water supplies and water demands in the basin and evaluate alternatives that may more effectively manage the water.  Future water supply and demand will depend on future climate conditions, including long term averages and variations in precipitation and temperatures over the basin.  

ARRA Stream & Riparian Restoration in the Upper Neosho River Basin

The Kansas Water Office has received funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and the state's Reservoir Beneficial Use Fund to address sedimentation in the Neosho River basin.

Mission Lake Dredging Project

The City of Horton is participating as a pilot project under the Water Supply Restoration Program administered by the State Conservation Commission (SCC). As a participant of this program, the city will receive cost share assistance for the restoration of Mission Lake. restoration of the lake will include removal of approximately 750,000 cubic yards of sediment and construction of a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) within an unnamed tributary to Mission Creek for the purpose of depositing the dredged material upstream of the CDF.

Wilson Lake Corps of Engineers Reallocation Study

The majority of federal reservoirs in the state of Kansas have subdivisions of the multipurpose pool that allocate a percentage of the pool for a specific use, such as water supply. In general, inflow to the lake fills each pool proportionate to the percentage of allocation.

The Kansas Water Plan has two objectives that relate to this issue and are in some part competing. Those objectives are to "ensure that sufficient surface water storage is available to meet projected year 2040 public water supply needs for areas of Kansas with current or potential access to surface water storage" and to "increase public recreational opportunities at Kansas lakes and streams." Where that balance of development of additional use and protection of existing uses exists is yet to be determined. Within the Smoky Hill-Saline Basin Section there is also a more specific issue, to meet the changing water supply needs of the central portion of the basin. The Wilson Lake evaluation is just one part of the activities to determine how to meet regional water needs in the future and manage the resources available most efficiently as possible.

The Smoky Hill-Saline Basin Advisory Committee and the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) have recognized the need to explore options for additional water supplies in the region by the adoption of the basin priority issue in the basin section of the Kansas Water Plan. The KWA has also provided the guidance to gather information on supplies in the central portion of the Smoky Hill-Saline basin prior to contracting any additional water marketing storage that exists in Kanopolis Lake. One part of these activities is looking at Wilson Lake as a potential supply source.

Streambank Assessments

Federal reservoirs are an important source of water supply in Kansas for roughly two-thirds of Kansas' citizens. The ability of a reservoir to storage water over time is diminished as the capacity is reduced through sedimentation. In some cases reservoirs are filling with sediment faster than anticipated. Whether sediment is filling the reservoir on or ahead of schedule, it is beneficial to take efforts to reduce sedimentation to extend the life of the reservoir.