The Kansas Water Congress is still getting it's feet on the ground, but is intended to become just as influential in water issues - both legislation and policy. They meet several times a year, and do much of the behind-the-scenes work via committee.
Anyway, the Kansas Water Congress will be meeting August 1 and 2 in Garden City, Kansas. The host will be the Garden City Community College - a great venue for this event. The agenda includes:
- A session on drought and funding from Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter;
- An update on the SD-6 LEMA by myself;
- LEMA updates from the other 4 Kansas GMDs;
- Wheatland and Sunflower Electrics' acquisition of water from irrigation water rights for their power needs;
- A presentation by Mark Rude of GMD 3 on their Missouri River Aqueduct Proposal;
- A presentation by Rex Buchanan (KGS) on State trends and directions RE: hydraulic fracturing;
- Updates from the Divisions of Conservation and Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Ag;
- A tour of Wheatland Ranch to see the effects of transitioning irrigated pivots to grass;
- An Arkansas River report by Randy Hayzlett;
- A panel on irrigation perspectives over the past 30 years – where we are now and where we're headed;
- A Question and Answer session; and
- A summary of 2013 water legislation and what’s likely to be on tap for 2014.
I've been a member of this group from the outset, which has been a positive thing because I get to tell people in all seriousness that I'm a member of Congress. Nah, they never buy it, but I know it's true!