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Kansas works to solve its many water problems

MANHATTAN – Governor Laura Kelly spoke to attendees of the 11th annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas on Wednesday. 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.”

“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.

In recent years 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.

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