Governor Laura Kelly Welcomes Kansans to
11th Annual Conference on the Future of Water 

~~Emphasizes the Importance of Securing a Sustainable, Clean Water Supply~~

MANHATTAN – Governor Laura Kelly today spoke to attendees of the 11th annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. The two-day conference highlights the latest policy and research developments on water issues in Kansas and the updated Kansas Water Plan.  

“For decades, politicians have kicked the can down the road when it comes to finding a sustainable solution to Kansas’ water crisis,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Protecting our water supply will remain one of my top priorities in Topeka over the next four years. I refuse to let the can be kicked down the road any farther.” 

In her first term, the Kelly Administration updated the State Water Plan for the first time since 2009 and fully funded it for the first time in 15 years.  

“This conference is important because it pulls together the many stakeholders across the state to explore and implement effective ways to make our water supplies last and to keep them safe for all Kansans,” Connie Owen, director of the Kansas Water Office, said.  

Under the Kelly Administration, Kansas spearheaded a water injection dredging project to remove sediment at Tuttle Creek Lake, which serves more than 800,000 Kansans; expanded broadband to take advantage of irrigation technology to reduce water consumption; and built upon partnerships with agriculture producers to improve production practices and water conservation efforts. 

While at the conference, Governor Kelly awarded John Peck, Lee Rolfs, and Don Whittemore the Water Legacy Award for their contributions and lasting impact on the future of water in Kansas. 

Photos from the conference for media use can be found below. 

A transcript of the Governor’s remarks as prepared can be found here