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Kansas Water Plan Virtual Public Hearings Oct. 7-8
Kansas Ag Connection - 09/14/2021

Virtual public hearings for receiving comments on the draft Kansas Water Plan (KWP) will take place on two dates and times: at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 8. These hearings are being conducted in compliance with statutory procedures for updating the KWP.

The Kansas Water Office (KWO), in coordination with feedback from local, state, federal and interstate partners, is currently developing the 5-year update of the KWP. The KWP is one of the primary tools used by the State of Kansas to address current water resources issues and to plan for future needs. Statutory authority and basic guidance for formulating the KWP is contained in the State Water Resources Planning Act.

At their August 17, 2021 meeting, the Kansas Water Authority approved proceeding forward to the formal public input phase of the KWP update process. The aforementioned hearings and concurrent comment period are taking place in conjunction with this formal public input phase. The entire draft Kansas Water Plan being presented for formal public comment can be found on the KWO website at www.kwo.ks.gov/water-vision-water-plan/water-plan.

Written comments are also being accepted until midnight on Oct. 15. Written comments may be submitted any of the following ways: (1) by U.S. mail or other delivery service to The Kansas Water Office, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 404, Topeka, Kansas 66611-1249, or (2) by sending an electronic copy via email to email kwo-info@kwo.ks.gov.

If accommodations are needed for a person with disabilities, please notify the Kansas Water Office at 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 404, Topeka, KS 66611-1249 or call (785) 296-3185 at least five working days prior to the desired hearing date.

As the state's water office, KWO conducts water planning, policy coordination and water marketing as well as facilitates public input throughout the state.

The agency prepares the KANSAS WATER PLAN, a plan for water resources development, management and conservation.


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