Kansas hosts regional water supply meetings

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2003 file photograph, a sprinkler sprays water onto a hay field near Hoxie, Kan. Continued irrigation in western Kansas has led to declining water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is planning a series of public meetings across the state this month to set regional water supply goals and priorities.

The state plans to hold 26 meetings hosted by water vision regional teams. The 14 leadership teams will draft water supply goals based on public input and available resources.

That public input is expected to help each team identify its region’s water supply priorities.

Trained facilitators from Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will help facilitate the public meetings.

The regional water supply goals that they draft will be presented to the Kansas Water Authority in May. The finalized regional goals are expected to be approved in August.

Kansas Water Office: www.kwo.org

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