Ogallala Aquifer http://kmuw.org en Voters Reject Proposal To Reduce Irrigation Pumping From The Ogallala Aquifer http://kmuw.org/post/voters-reject-proposal-reduce-irrigation-pumping-ogallala-aquifer <p>A proposal to curtail irrigation pumping from the Ogallala Aquifer has been rejected by voters in a western Kansas groundwater management district.</p><p>The proposed creation of a Local Enhanced Management Area was defeated 173-158 in a recent vote by water rights holders and property owners in the five-county district.</p><p>A 2012 Kansas law provides for creation of such management areas specifically to extend the life of the aquifer. The board of Groundwater Management District No. 1 asked voters to approve a six-year plan to reduce pumping for irrigation by 20 percent.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:58:51 +0000 Associated Press 36368 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Eyeing Missouri River For Irrigation http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-eyeing-missouri-river-irrigation <p>Kansas water officials want to discover how feasible it would be to build a 360-mile aqueduct. The aqueduct would tap the Missouri River to support agriculture in western parts of the state.<br /><br />Tracy Streeter with the Kansas Water Office told legislators Tuesday the study would begin next year and take about 18 months to complete.<br /><br />Officials want to divert as much as 4 million acre-feet of water and sending it west, to help support irrigated farming of corn and other crops.<br /> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:31:40 +0000 Associated Press 26557 at http://kmuw.org Study: High Plains Aquifer Mostly Gone in 50 Years http://kmuw.org/post/study-high-plains-aquifer-mostly-gone-50-years <p>A new study forecasts that 69 percent of the water in the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas will be depleted within 50 years at current usage rates.<br><br>The paper by researchers at Kansas State University was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It focuses on the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas.<br><br>The study estimates that 30 percent of the aquifer was depleted by 2010 and an additional 39 percent is expected to disappear by 2060.<br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:31:28 +0000 Associated Press 22518 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 4.3.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-4313 <p><em>Wichita and Sedgwick&nbsp;County election results are in; Anti-abortion legislation passes in Senate; Drug testing bill ready for Gov's signature; Ogallala Aquifer group to meet; Prison art on display at Statehouse.</em></p><p><strong>Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board</strong></p><p>Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/close-races-wichita-city-council-school-board">More...</a></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:32:25 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 15113 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 4.3.13 Gov. Brownback Plans Conference On Future Of Water http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-plans-conference-future-water <p>Kansas&nbsp;Gov. Sam&nbsp;Brownback&nbsp;is sponsoring a&nbsp;two-day event this week that his office is calling the state's&nbsp;first conference on the future of water.The event is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Manhattan and will include a speech from Brownback. Also on the agenda are U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:13:15 +0000 Associated Press 7651 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback Plans Conference On Future Of Water