By Doug Rich
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Water Office released the second draft of the long-term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas at the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas Nov. 12.
Draft II is based on feedback from 12,000 Kansas citizens who attended 250 meetings across the state in the last year. Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, said officials will continue to take input over the next few weeks but try to have it finalized by Jan. 9 when the Water Board meeting is held in Topeka.
“When people ask me what I want to do in my second term, one of the issues I always mention is water,” Gov. Brownback said. “As I look out at the future of Kansas one of the big things we have to resolve is the issue of water. There are multiple types of water issues that we need to resolve but two of the most pressing issues are reservoirs in eastern Kansas and the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas.”
Gov. Brownback said a Blue-Ribbon Task Force would be established to develop a balanced, affordable and sustainable method to provide financing for water resource management that will include public and private partnerships.
“I think particular items, like the dredging work in eastern Kansas will require a major partnership effort which we have been working on at the local, state, federal and private levels already,” Brownback said. [Read More]