Ogallala Aquifer

Environment
12:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Low Aquifer Levels Endangering Perennial Streams In Western Kansas

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer is causing western Kansas to lose many of its perennial streams.

Jim Butler is the geohydrology section chief with the Kansas Geological Survey.

Butler said at a workshop in Lawrence last week that many streams in western Kansas used to be fed by the aquifer because its water table was higher than the streams.

He says because the aquifer's water table has dropped 3 feet or more below the stream beds, most of the streams are now dry year round.

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Agriculture
12:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Farmers Not Using Law Allowing Deep Irrigation Reductions

Little use is being made of a law that allows farmers to form groups that can require deep reductions in irrigation.

The hope was that if enough western Kansas farmers pared their water use, the Ogallalah aquifer's lifespan could be extended. Two years later though, only one group of 110 farmers, who own 99 square miles in Sheridan and Thomas counties near Colby, has formed.

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Environment
11:58 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Voters Reject Proposal To Reduce Irrigation Pumping From The Ogallala Aquifer

A proposal to curtail irrigation pumping from the Ogallala Aquifer has been rejected by voters in a western Kansas groundwater management district.

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.

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.

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Agriculture
7:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Kansas Eyeing Missouri River For Irrigation

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.

Tracy Streeter with the Kansas Water Office told legislators Tuesday the study would begin next year and take about 18 months to complete.

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.

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Environment
7:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Study: High Plains Aquifer Mostly Gone in 50 Years

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.

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.

The study estimates that 30 percent of the aquifer was depleted by 2010 and an additional 39 percent is expected to disappear by 2060.

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News
5:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Top Morning News 4.3.13

Wichita and Sedgwick 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.

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.

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Environment
7:13 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Gov. Brownback Plans Conference On Future Of Water

Texan Wesley Spurlock grows corn. He has replaced some of his sprinklers with water efficient nozzling systems to help conserve water from the Ogallala Aquifer.
Credit USDAgov / Flickr

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is sponsoring a two-day event this week that his office is calling the state's 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.

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