Now that the first draft of the 50-year Kansas Water Vision has been written and published, several state agencies are hoping to get the word out about the need for planning and personal responsibility.
Water Office spokesperson Susan Metzger joined the KVOE Morning Show on Wednesday. She says there are three sections dedicated just to water conservation.
Last fall, Gov. Sam Brownback told the Water Office, Department of Agriculture, Water Authority, Department of Health and Environment and Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to work together on developing a long-range plan. Part of that came from ongoing depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and part came from heavy siltation of reservoirs including John Redmond.
City commissioner Bobbi Mlynar says the discussion of water conservation in Emporia started late in 2012, and was pushed hard during the following year, when drought plagued the area. She says the city teamed with Emporia State University to provide educational materials on how to save water, and clear up some confusion.
Mlynar says Emporia is now a good steward of water, but the need to conserve it is ongoing. Metzger says there are four main bullet points that have come forth after ongoing discussions with the public.
Aside from conservation, technological improvements could become a top priority for the state.
State officials are touring parts of the state all next week to answer questions about the vision statement. The goal is to have a final document ready for Gov. Brownback's signature by November.
KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.