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KS Gov. Brownback Issues Call to Action For 50-Year Water Vision For State

Date Posted: October 25, 2013

Manhattan, KS—Governor Sam Brownback told more than 550 attendees with diverse water interests at the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas that now is the time to act and addressed the necessity of a 50-Year Vision for Kansas water in order to meet the state’s needs.

“We have been reminded of the importance of water with another year of extreme drought for our state, which is now beginning to ease in eastern Kansas, but continues to persist in the west,” said Governor Sam Brownback.

“Water and the Kansas economy are directly linked. We have benefitted from the decisions and visions of our previous leaders but without further planning and action we will no longer be able to meet our state’s current needs, let alone growth.”

Governor Brownback continued to lay out the need for a future vision for Kansas water management and issued a Call to Action for work to begin immediately.

He charged his administration, including the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and Kansas Water Authority, along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, to lead the vision and called upon the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors to engage in the planning since water and the economy are closely linked.

The Vision will take the Kansas Water Plan to a whole new level with more intense work with government, cities and counties, the groundwater management districts, water assurance districts, industry and stakeholders to develop this vision and area specific goals for ensuring a reliable water supply for Kansas citizens.

As vital stakeholders to this 50 -Year Vision process, it will also involve the members of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association.

We will work with the administration to ensure our stakeholder issues are being considered and addressed in this vision.

“We applaud the Governor's call to action to address the issue of depleting water resources in our state. The future of agribusiness and our state's economy hangs in the balance if action is not taken." stated Tom Tunnell, President and CEO of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association.

Governor Brownback directed the groups to deliver the 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas to the governor’s office for review by no later than Nov. 1, 2014.

For more information about other speakers and topics at The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas visit: www.kwo.org

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