Letourneau 50 year water plan


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Letourneau 50 year water plan

  1. 1. Vision For the Future of Water in Kansas
  2. 2. Kansas Water Agencies 1. State natural resources agencies: • KS Dept. of Agriculture with: – Division of Water Resources (DWR) – Division of Conservation (funding water projects) • Kansas Water Office (water plan; reservoir management) • KS Dept. of Health and Environment • Local district: GMD’s and more 2. Federal agencies : USGS, Corps, Bureau of Reclamation, more
  3. 3. About DWR • Part of Kansas Department of Agriculture • Three Programs • Water Appropriation (water rights) • Water Structures (dam safety, stream permits, floodplain regulation) • Water Management Services (interstate) • Moving to Manhattan, summer 2014 • Less than 50 Headquarters Staff • Less than 30 Field Office Staff
  4. 4. Water in Kansas • Kansas: variability in hydrologic conditions across the state • Eastern Kansas Primarily relies on surface water supplies; prone to occasional persistent drought • Central Kansas Relies on a mixture of surface and groundwater • Western Kansas Primarily relies on the Ogallala-High Plains aquifer for its water supply
  5. 5. Precipitation is highly variable in Kansas, averaging 16” (west) to 46” (east) per year
  6. 6. Kansas Water Appropriation Act (1945) • 82a – 702 All water within the state of Kansas is hereby dedicated to the use of the people of the state, subject to the control and regulation of the state in the manner herein prescribed. • 82a – 703 Except as provided in K.S.A. 82a-703a and subject to vested rights, all waters within the state may be appropriated for beneficial use as herein provided…
  7. 7. Kansas Water Appropriation Act • Our system of water rights • Right to use water is based on prior appropriation or “First in time, first in right” • Charges chief engineer to oversee: – Allocation of water supply, allowing for orderly development of the state’s water resources – Regulation of in times of shortage. • Protects investments, commerce, property rights and the resource
  8. 8. Water Regulation When Water Short • During periods of shortage, junior water rights may be curtailed to satisfy senior rights and minimum desirable stream flow • Releases from storage may be protected • Protection of minimum desirable streamflows
  9. 9. Fundamental Attributes of a Kansas Water Right • Rate and Quantity • • • • Specific Place of Use Specific Point of Diversion Use made of Water Priority Date
  10. 10. General Steps to Developing a Water Right in Kansas • Application filed – priority based on application filing date • DWR determines whether application can be approved, based in part on well spacing and safe yield • If approved, applicant must complete diversion works and put water to authorized beneficial use • Applicant must file annual water use reports • DWR will conduct a field inspection and certify the water right based on actual water use during perfection period • A water right is a real property right
  11. 11. New Appropriation • Water is appropriated based on safeyield • New appropriations cannot impair existing water rights • Water rights can be administered if impairment does occur • Most of western Kansas is closed to new development
  12. 12. Certain Aspects of Water Rights Can be Modified K.S.A. 82a-708b • Point of Diversion • Place of Use • Use Made of Water • Must not increase consumptive use • May not impair existing rights • Must relate to the same “local source of supply.”
  13. 13. Enforcement • K.S.A. 82a-728: Unlawful Acts and Penalties, illegal water use is a Class C Misdemeanor. • K.S.A. 82a-737: Civil Enforcement of Act allows monetary fines of $100 to $1,000 per violation of KWAA or any provision of a water right • Each day of violation may be treated as a separate offense • K.A.R. 5-14-1 through K.A.R. 5-14-11 outline our enforcement procedures
  14. 14. Governor Brownback’s Call to Action Issued a call to action to address the need for a Vision for Kansas water that meets the state’s needs now and in the future.
  15. 15. “Water and the Kansas economy are directly linked. Water is a finite resource and without further planning and action we will no longer be able to meet our state’s current needs, let alone growth.” - Governor Sam Brownback
  16. 16. If We Take No Action in the Next 50 Years… • The Ogallala will be 70% depleted • Another 40% of the area irrigated by the Ogallala won’t support a 400 gal-per-minute well
  17. 17. If We Take No Action in the Next 50 Years… • Water supply reservoirs will be 40% filled with sediment • Five of the seven major river basins that support municipal and industrial use won’t meet demands during a drought
  18. 18. 50-Year Projected Reservoir Water Supply Storage Loss from Federal Water Supply Reservoirs 20% Loss of Storage to Date 1,800,000 1,600,000 Additional 20% Loss of Storage Projected in the Next 50 Years 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 Pre-2010 2010 2060
  19. 19. What Will This Vision Achieve? 40% Global Animal Health & Veterinary Science Interests 7th in Value of Agricultural Exports 50% Domestic Commercial Aircraft The 50-Year Vision for Water in Kansas will align the priority of growing the Kansas economy with the strategies and actions necessary to ensure a reliable water supply is available to support that growth.
  20. 20. Value of Our Water Resources • Irrigated cropland in Ogallala region has a $5 billion value • Ogallala was responsible for $1.75 billion in corn production and $2 billion in beef production • Reservoirs provide water in some manner to two-thirds of Kansas’ citizens • 60% of the electricity production in Kansas at a value of $1.96 billion relies on our state’s reservoirs
  21. 21. What Will the Vision Address? • A reliable water supply sufficient to meet the needs of a growing Kansas population and economy, through: – Actions to conserve and extend the useful life of the High Plains Ogallala Aquifer – Actions to secure, protect and restore reservoir storage
  22. 22. Keeping the Vision Focused Extreme Events Water Quality Recreation Infrastructure Actions to achieve and address these water resource concerns will continue to be addressed in the Kansas Water Plan.
  23. 23. How does this Vision fit with the Kansas Water Plan? • The KWP will remain the state’s plan to coordinate the management, conservation and development of the water resources of the state. • In 2014, the KWO will also complete a 5-year update to the KWP.
  24. 24. Who Will Lead the Vision? Kansas Water Office Kansas Department of Agriculture Tracy Streeter, Director Jackie McClaskey, Acting Secretary Earl Lewis, Assistant Director Greg Foley, Division of Conservation Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning & Policy/Vision Team Leader Lane Letourneau, Division of Water Resources Katie Ingels, Communications Director Kansas Water Authority While working closely with: Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors Ex-Officio Agencies of the KWA
  25. 25. Who Will This Process Include? The Visioning Team will meet with many stakeholders such as: Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Rural Water Association, Kansas Association of Counties, League of Kansas Municipalities, Kansas Municipal Utilities, Kansas Water Marketing and Water Assurance District Customers, Groundwater Management Districts etc.
  26. 26. Who Will This Process Include? Stakeholder outreach will also make use of existing committees to the KWA: • Basin Advisory Committees (BACs) • Ogallala Aquifer Advisory Committee (OAAC) • Reservoir Advisory Committee (RAC) • Kansas Aqueduct Stakeholder Committee As well as many other stakeholders throughout the state.
  27. 27. What is the Timeline for the Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas? October 2013 Governor’s Conference November 2013 Establish timeline, outreach plan and deliverables January – April 2014 Stakeholder Outreach May 2014 Public Update at KWA Meeting July 2014 Draft Vision August 2014 Public Update at KWA Meeting September 2014 Final Draft Vision October 2014 Governor’s Conference November 2014 Final Vision to Governor
  28. 28. Vision Big Picture Idea of What You Want to Achieve Mission General statement of how you will achieve your vision Goals General statements of what you want to achieve, integrated with vision & mission Strategies Series of actions or activities designed to achieve the goal
  29. 29. Assumptions for Vision Discussion Everything is on the table for discussion. Status quo does not define our future.
  30. 30. Vision Kansas will have adequate water resources to support the state’s current needs and the long-term needs of a growing Kansas economy.
  31. 31. Vision Kansas will have adequate water resources to support the state’s current needs and the long-term needs of a growing Kansas economy. Mission Develop framework, policy and tools, in concert with stakeholders, to manage the state’s water resources that balance conservation with economic growth; and secure, protect and restore water storage.
  32. 32. Vision Kansas will have adequate water resources to support the state’s current needs and the long-term needs of a growing Kansas economy. Mission Develop framework, policy and tools, in concert with stakeholders, to manage the state’s water resources that balance conservation with economic growth; and secure, protect and restore water storage. Goals Examples Include: Maintain and/or increase reservoir water supply storage Increase reuse or use of lower quality of sources of water Better manage withdrawals from the High Plains Aquifer
  33. 33. How Can I Provide Input? • Visit www.kwo.org & Click on “50-Year Vision” • Contact the Kansas Water Office at: kwo-info@kwo.ks.gov or call 785-296-3185 toll free: 1-888-526-9283
  34. 34. KDA/DWR Contact Information • Website: http://agriculture.ks.gov/dwr
  35. 35. Questions or Comments?