Division of Water Resources says employees getting threatened

SCOTT CITY, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Division of Water Resources wants help from local authorities in cracking down on threats to state water employees who check on water use violations.

Kim Christianson, legal counsel for the Division of Water Resources, says sheriffs and county attorneys in most drought-ravaged western Kansas counties will be receiving a letter from her detailing laws that can be violated when people threaten state water employees.

She told a recent meeting of the Ogallala Aquifer Advisory Committee the letters will help the agency reinforce its concern about employee safety.

Some agency employees are being physically and verbally threatened, but that no one has been injured.

Water resources employees are doing site checks more frequently because of the drought.

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