Administration of Water in Kansas

The administration of water in Kansas – generally regarding its allocation, cleanliness, and availability – is, for the most part, divided among three state agencies: The following state agencies and entities have limited roles in the administration of water: Adjutant General’s OfficeDepartment of CommerceDivision of Conservation, KDABureau of Environmental Field Services, KDHEBureau of Environmental Remediation,Continue reading “Administration of Water in Kansas”

Cotton in Kansas

Heather O’HaraPrincipal Research AnalystHeather.O’Hara@klrd.ks.gov785-296-7792 Meredith FryResearch AnalystMeredith.Fry@klrd.ks.gov785-296-7882 Cotton Production in Kansas Cotton was introduced in Kansas in the 19th century. Though it has never been a mainstream crop in the state’s agriculture sector, Kansas currently ranks 14th nationwide in cotton production. Additionally, production has been steadily increasing. Since 1996, cotton production and ginning in theContinue reading “Cotton in Kansas”

Western Water Issues

Elaina RudderResearch AnalystElaina.Rudder@klrd.ks.gov785-296-4395 Heather O’HaraPrincipal Research AnalystHeather.O’Hara@klrd.ks.gov785-296-7792 Water Shortage Declared On August 16, 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) declared the first-ever official water shortage on the Colorado River. This declaration triggered significant mandatory water cuts in the Colorado River Basin. While Kansas is not part of the Colorado River Basin, it does haveContinue reading “Western Water Issues”