Kansas Lawmaker Focuses On Making Funding A Water Plan A Priority

May 10, 2017

A Kansas House representative from Wichita says among the priorities for the Legislature should be more funding for the state water plan.

As the ranking minority member of the newly formed Water and Environment Committee, Rep. Ponka-We Victors says she's been pushing and advocating for additional money for water projects.

"As a Native American woman, we respect water," Victors says. "We feel it is very sacred. We can’t live without it, and so I'm doing my best on that committee. My thing is when we get to the budget is to really fight for more funding for a state water plan."

Currently, there is $12 million in the state water plan fund based on revenue from municipal and industrial use fees, as well as fertilizer fees. The committee has requested an additional $8 million to go toward land conservation practices and irrigation technology improvements.

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