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KSU High Plains Aquifer Study Hits a Nerve?

David Steward, Paul Bruss, Xiaoying Yang, Scott Staggenborg, Stephen Welch and Michael Apley just released a special study report on the productivity of the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas over the next 100 years, or to the year 2110.Show More Summary

Colorado State University - AWCC

I first heard of the Ag Water Conservation Clearinghouse (AWCC) website about 6-7 years ago - just as the pundits at Colorado State University were still conceiving its platform and ultimate function. They had lofty goals then when they...Show More Summary

1885 Water Rules in Kansas

The August 13, 1885 edition of the Thomas County Cat (Colby’s first newspaper) contained a listing of Rules imposed by the Kansas State Board of Health – directing every county and Municipal Board of Health in the state to see that they are strictly enforced in their respective jurisdictions. Show More Summary

Water + Energy - Kansas Style

There is little doubt that water and energy are related - especially here in western Kansas where so much energy is used to pump groundwater. That's one of the main reasons I was so pleased to participate on the nomination committee within the Climate + Energy Project (CEP) to seek out innovative water and energy activities. Show More Summary

Wallace County Sinkhole

WOW! a new sinkhole just opened up in Wallace County Kansas - just a dozen miles or so south of our GMD border. The picture here is of this new feature. It was a catastrophic collapse estimated at 200-250 feet wide and 80-90 feet deep. Show More Summary

Bounds Vs. New Mexico and Kansas LEMAs

The New Mexico Supreme Court just rendered an interesting decision in the Bounds Vs. New Mexico court case relating to exempt wells. By way of [brief...very brief] background, Horace Bounds back in 2006 challenged the constitutionality...Show More Summary

Drought - Everyone Looking for Answers

Kate and I attended a drought workshop here in Colby last week that was hosted by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) folks, and included the co-sponsors of the Kansas Water Office, NOAA Regional Climate Services and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Show More Summary

Wells Are Dangers to Animals, Too

Most of my "wells and accidents" stories involve old, abandoned wells. But these are not the only wells that are problems. Take the case of a new well being constructed in Houston in October of 2011. It was a concrete lined well and was still under construction when a horse happened by and fell into it. Show More Summary

Kansas Water Congress to Meet

About 5 years ago some water folks had the notion to establish the Kansas Water Congress. It was patterned fairly closely after the Colorado Water Congress which has been an influential consortium of water interests in that state for decades. Show More Summary

Chalk One Up For Groundwater

In 2008 when Iowa geologists were examining drill cuttings from a water well near Decorah, Iowa, they found a shale layer that shouldn't have been there, and didn't exist anywhere else in the region. When the Iowa Geological Survey looked...Show More Summary

Water in Pictures - by a Pro

Back in August, 2012 I wrote a brief article on Edward Burtynsky (see here), a Canadian photographer who did full blown photographic art shows. It was anticipated then that his next series would be on WATER. Well the wait will soon be over. Show More Summary

2013 World Water Day - All 365 of Them!

Most folks in the water community know there is an annual World Water Day that comes around every year, and March 22, 2013 was the most current of these annual events. But many are not aware that 2013 has been proclaimed the United Nations...Show More Summary

Free Water For the Public (Sometimes)

There is a move afoot in some of the larger cites to re-purpose their old, or outdated infrastructure. If you think about it, the possibilities are endless. I ran across this example from Lima, Peru - a free water station.It had been...Show More Summary

Passing the Gavel

The board of directors of our groundwater management district have hired a new person who will be starting work next week. The new position is a manager trainee slot which will assume the district manager duties when I retire in the next few months. Show More Summary

Missouri River Aqueduct Proposal

Missouri River Basin The Southwest Kansas GMD 3 is promoting a decades old idea of transferring Missouri River flows west across much of Kansas to offset the use of Ogallala groundwater and help extend the economic production of the area. Show More Summary

Egypt and Irrigated Ag

Many believe that Egypt, over the course of its long history, has developed the most stable farming-based civilization in history. I don't know if this was meant to apply to the entire country, but I'm pretty sure it clearly applies to the agricultural activities associated with the Nile River. Show More Summary

Another Near Miss...Abandoned Well Accident

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in the Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park on Saltspring Island, British Columbia even though it was late November, 2011. A family of four (Dad, Mom, son and daughter) were hiking near the base of Mount Maxwell. Show More Summary

GMDA Summer Conference - Colorado Springs

GMDA is the Groundwater Management Districts Association - a group of districts and associated entities that have policy responsibilities for groundwater resources in the various states. The Summer conference (June 2-4) had a numberShow More Summary

An Early Kansas Irrigation Plan

It was the Fall of 1882 and things were dry in SW Kansas. Two brothers came up from Spearville with a plan to irrigate BIG from the Arkansas River in Gray County. They dreamed of a large irrigation canal and a series of peripherals that could water quite a stretch of land. Show More Summary

The Great Kansas City Flood of 1903

In early May of 1903, a steady rain began to fall across Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. For days the rain fell which included severe storms, hail and tornadoes. By the end of the month, rivers and streams throughout Kansas were flowing to overflowing. Show More Summary

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