Legislation on Water

Starting in 2021, the Kansas Legislature’s House Committee on Water (HCOW) has been investigating how water agencies are organized, whether and how to increase funding related to water, the work of the state’s GMDs, and more. While little came from the 2021-22 work, this page links to this previous foundational work, and chronicles the on-going work in 2023 to address these critical issues.

2021-22 legislative efforts on water:

The House Committee on Water 2023

The 2023 HCOW under new leadership. The committee page is here. The new chair is Rep. Jim Minnix of Scott City; the vice-chair is Rep. Cyndi Howerton of Wichita, and the ranking minority member continues to be Rep. Lindsay Vaughn of Overland Park. The committee meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00.

Agenda for the week of 1/24/2023

  • Dawn Buehler, Chair of the Kansas Water Authority
  • GMD 1 and GMD 4 presentations by Katie Durham and Shannon Kennyon

Agenda for the week of 1/17/2023:

  • 1/17/2023 – Kansas Water Office briefing – Video Materials
  • 1/19/2022- Briefings by KDA-Division of Water Resources and the Kansas Geological Survey. VideoMaterials

Agenda of the week of 1/10/2023:

  • 1/10/2023 – Committee introductions, procedures, rules
  • 1/12/2023 – Former Chief Engineer David Barfield addresses the committee on the duties of the chief engineer and the KDA-Division of water resources, KWAA; groundwater management, LEMA and more. Link to video (90 minutes). PowerPoint and other materials

Topical pages (to come):

  • Re-organization of water agencies
  • Additional Funding related to water:
  • GMDs