ICYMI: Kansans Attend Public Input Meetings to Discuss Implementation of State Water Plan

‘I often say transportation is like the connecting fiber for our state,’ [Julie Lorenz, former Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary] said. ‘But, my goodness, water is the lifeblood of our state, and putting together a program that’s organized and that taxpayers and legislators can understand where the money goes, and what it accomplishes for those taxpayer dollars, is of utmost importance.’”

Public input meetings held for implementation of Kansas Water Plan
Kylene Scott, High Plains Journal
June 28, 2024

  • Half a dozen Kansas Water Plan implementation strategic planning meetings are being held in June across the state. Hosted by the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the meetings offered an opportunity to hear the thoughts of those impacted by the plan.


  • Earlier this year, Gov. Laura Kelly gave the Kansas Water Authority the go-ahead to start developing a strategic plan—including funding—based on five guiding principles of the Kansas Water Plan.


  • Organizers said input from various state and local stakeholders is vital to the process. Meetings included facilitated discussion of goals and priorities for three of the Guiding Principles of the Kansas Water Plan related to aquifer, reservoirs, and water quality issues.


  • [Julie] Lorenz encouraged those in attendance to offer their solutions, ideas, and wins and describe what’s not working.