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The liberal elite on the hill want you to believe their "science" so that their paymasters in Washington can control YOUR life. Today marked the beginning of the end for these welfare bums. Congress has at last begun to remove the teat that feeds them.
No. The Ogallala Aquifer is is being used up and dropping in volume faster than it could ever be replenished, even in a good rain fall years & that is the source of water for most water intensive crops ( not to mention towns ) in some large areas of Kansas .
When it's gone, it will be gone, .....as a reality..... and all of the political rhetoric of the world won't make it suddenly refill for irresponsible use by empty headed folks who will be forced to move to elsewhere and become a general social burden for society, as their livelihood and towns disappear .
Apparently, no one in Topeka has figured out what that will do to the tax bases of county after county and the state tax revenues, as property values erode and the local economies go into the tank ?
Wether the weather drought lasts or not, the demise of the Ogallala will write agricultural and civic histories, in a large Kansas area .
That is a politically neutral event .
Umm..Brownback and Rodman are on board with water conservation.
"With that in mind, Gov. Sam Brownback said the state should push as aggressively as possible to persuade farmers, industry and everyday Kansans to conserve water, and cities to develop and improve water sources.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/01/4094381/brownback-kansas-needs-to-plan.html#storylink=cpy
Well, if the state had money maybe they could do a long range plan to build more future reservoirs, so that once we get out of this drought we won't be caught so flat footed on the next one ? .........but they are broke because of tax giveaways so how can they pay for any meaningful projects..........and anyway........according to them.......Government is the problem.........and certainly not their leadership skills .........or lack of .
On the other hand, our off the wall legislature is busying itself with bills that would mandate which college, plays which other college, bills that involve controlling high school athletics, bills that would authorize arresting federal officials who would some day....."over the rainbow".......Enforce stricter control of guns sold to criminals with no back round checks, at gun shows ?
The people that they are supposedly trying to talk with, are their very own voting block and they could care even less about their conserve water message, than the Koch Brothers could care about the poor .
Many of the reservoirs that we have here in Kansas, are federally built reservoirs that provide flood control, a water source, a recreation industry, etc..
I don't see Brownie and the WE HATE THE FED - HATERS, as being smart enough to get federal aid in, or to save our state from the off the wall crowd off nuts who live here who are pumping it's major aquifer dry, just to spite the world and prove something .
We weren't caught flat footed, mike--you gotta have runoff to fill reservoirs. Kanopolis and Cedar Bluff "reservoirs" are examples of lakes that never really filled up once the dams were built. You can build all the dams you want, but they won't help a bit in a drought if there's no water behind them. As far as I know, there are no plans to build any new large reservoirs in the state, and this is the main reason.
please tell me your joking, that you don't really believe that the fact that the well are drying up is a bunch of BS, you can believe or not believe in global warming but that doesn't really any anything to do with KS running out of water
Just another way to get more money from your Water Bill.....like Kansas is going into a Drought,,,,,Pppppllleasssseeeee and everyone is going to be out of water and turn to dust, or mayber rust. Just wait until you get the "Smart Meter", the device that is added to your electricity....you use to much...your bill goes up sky high and the Electrical company controls the OMHS.... Same deal with Water Rations, over usage.....BAM...your bill goes up.....Just remember, I told you so.... Boy, the flu pandemic got over quick.......that bridge their selling is getting bigger......Global Warming......Carbon Tax........Tax Credits.......Green House Gases.......Garbage......Electrical.....Cars.....Water Ration....Its a Business........and about Control......to make you all broke.......lmao
I don't mention that Greeland Glacier......Ice just melts....Every think about why Eskimos...make Igloos....Duh...its to stay warm!
I meant OHMS...overlapping.
You know, it's a shame those hurricanes, droughts, heat waves and animal migrations have sided with those pesky liberals. Why don't you go out there and start up a tea party movement in the natural world? Seems to me that you could get a hefty contribution from the Koch brothers down the pike--oops I guess they don't really live in Wichita--weather's too extremist.
Founder of Weather channel speaks out on global warming
Lawrenceguy offers a clear example of how our education system has failed and why listening to Rush and Faux for your "news" is a bad idea.
So you believe the contrary "science" put forth by business. You think climate experts ("liberal elites") are compromised because they rely on grants and so have an incentive to take positions that support further research, but you completely ignore the fact that business owners ("conservative elites") are much more clearly compromised because they pursue profits and so have an incentive to take positions that reject any and all findings that their products or processes cause problems. Maybe you even still believe that tobacco, asbestos, and lead paint are all good for you.
You're so worried about being controlled by liberal elites, that you aren't even aware of how much control the conservative elites have over you. You reject the "welfare bums" in favor of the bloodsuckers, and you're glad the public "teat" is being removed from the experts while you offer your own teat to the salesmen.
Look, I've got this whole roll of tinfoil; take all you need. Please.
Note to conspiracy theorists: roughly 2% of scientists are skeptical that climate change is influenced by human activity, but 0% of scientists are skeptical that climate change is occurring. To deny climate change you would have to argue that the Greenland ice sheet is not shrinking, that every satellite photograph is fake, and that by secret agreement of all the journalists in the world no one has broken the story. That's only one kind of data that you'd have to deny. There's more data than a single person could refute in multiple lifetimes, and you'd have to argue that it's all fake. Good luck finding any scientist who believes that.
The conspiracy that you want is the one that says that 98% of the scientists in the entire world, who claim to recognize that climate change is occurring and believe it to be highly likely that some of this change is influenced by human activity, are in fact lying and that only the 2% of skeptics, – many of whom, like Rep. Dennis Hedke, earn their livings from the oil, gas and coal industries – know the truth.
Since this article says nothing about the CAUSES of climate change, you'll need to wait to voice your conspiracy theories. Even the most ardent promoters of the oil, gas, and coal industries know not to make fools of themselves by claiming that the current drought is a fabrication of schemers in Washington. Blame it on whatever you want, even Martians or the Boy Scouts of America if that makes you happy, but if you claim that Kansas is not experiencing drought the only ones who will listen and not think you're crazy are your cats.
"To deny climate change you would have to argue that the Greenland ice sheet is not shrinking,"
The glaciers that once covered northeast Kansas shrunk too.
Yes, because of climate change. Duh.
The deniers have as their legislative champion the conservative religious whacko Committee Chairman Oklahoma Senator James Mountain Inhofe, a nut case if there ever was one. Interestingly, Inhofe denies all environmental science and attributes all to God's will, this while his home state (Oklahoma) has borne the brunt of Climate Changes, tornadoes, drought, prairie fires, unusual floods and just plain ignorance.
Yes, it's funny. It must be God's will that Oklahoma and Texas burn up from the droughts, and now Kansas. Yet they keep up their very non Christian, hateful attitudes. What does God need to do before they get the message?
Not sure, but I expect there will be serious smiting involved.
It was certainly asinine to grossly increase the amount of corn grown out west in what a very few years ago was the Dust Bowl. The biome is suitable for grass, aka wheat. The fossil water from the aquifer is the best I've ever drank. It's a damn shame to see it pumped dry to grow corn for the feedlots so they can save the cost of bringing the feed down from Nebraska.
Building a water hog of a power plant out there will also negatively impact the aquifer.
Damn greedy of Steeple's demanding more profit at the expense of environmental disaster that will doom the land under his stewardship. No-till should be enforced by law where profiteers like this refuse to practice tillage that preserves the land without huge inputs of irreplaceable water. Steeples is probably one of those wealthy welfare queens sucking up crop subsidies too.
The reporting on Steeple's practices is incomplete and poorly fit into the article. I was at that meeting last night and this is what I understood him to say:
If someone else was there, please feel free to amend or correct my understanding of his statements.
Don W Steeples Lawrence, KS 66049 $ 129,639.46
Wow--thanks Graczyk for the much better reportage of what Steeples said compared to Hancock/LJW article, which almost implies the opposite of what your fleshed out details provide. Seems like his crop rotation and farming practices better fit the dryland farming parameters that more and more farmers are going to have to return to as the Ogallah becomes more and more uneconomical to suck the water out of, and therefore his experience is going to be more valuable than, say, GM drought resistant-but-still-resource-intensive-and-high-priced varieties that may be developed.
It, obviously, has nothing to do with population increases. It's all big bad "climate change."
The extra 53,201 people in Kansas since 2009 sure must be thirsty!
Yes, notice all of that growth since Brownback became governor. People are just rushing here to get free land and tax breaks. Oh, that was the 1860s and the Homestead Act of 1863 which gave people 160 acres. I would guess that most of that 53,000 settled in the "dark spiritual area" or southern Johnson County, despite Brownback giving them tax breaks to settle in certain western counties that are losing population.
You truly have your head in the sand, oblivious to fact. Greenland and the Arctic ice are melting away at unprecedented rates. Glaciers are melting around the world. Yes climate has fluctuated in the past but over thousands of years, and weather certainly varies day to day and year to year. The current drought hasn't reached the levels of the '50s yet, and they were worse than the 30's. A snowy winter isn't going to save the summer crops from burning up but they can hope for a wheat crop. I could do without Kansas becoming popular once the oceans start coming up the beach but it's coming. "Weatherman" is right, all you can see is what is outside your window and yes, the sun comes up everyday so everything is fine. Crimony.
A bit off topic, but a very interesting read on what one particular farmer in Australia did. The emphasis was to get away from plowing which helps remove moisture and soil fertility:
It's on topic. There's a message for Steeples and his ilk: "The best way to improve your profits is to improve your soil," Seis likes to say.
Kansas becomes more like Mississippi by the day.
Perennial crops = cotton.
Cotton is a perennial plant. However, I think it is managed as an annual when used for fiber production. Cotton won't work in most parts of Kansas though - not a long enough growing season.
With that said, I'm with you on the comparison between Kansas and Mississippi. I thought I left the south behind when I cam out here. Oh well.
The season's long enough but it's not winter-hardy in Kansas. I grew some in central Kansas in my garden as a novelty when I was a kid. My grandmother gave me some seeds she collected when she and my grandfather were in Tennessee.
The farmers I know who grow cotton are all in SW Kansas (though I know of a few around Winfield, too) and say that they barely have enough hot days to get an adequate harvest down there. The plant may grow, but boll production will suffer without sufficient growing days. Conventional wisdom for SW Kansas uses Hwy 160 through Ulysses as the cut-off for cotton. You may find some a little north of there, but I doubt there will be any in Oberlin.
The cotton I grew produced bolls the size of a baseball. I grew up about 30 miles north of Hutchinson. During the summer all you have is heat, sun, and low humidity. God I miss that. I've lived in Lawrence for 31 years and still hate the summer humidity here.
Doesn't take that long. I have a forest of it because It's such a prolific self-seeder. I've started cutting the seed heads off in the fall to keep it under control. If I don't I have to pull up all the new ones that come up in the spring.
I moved from the southeast, so I actually think that Lawrence is drier than the swamp I crawled out of.
Regarding the cotton, I understand that you were happy with the results of the cotton that you planted as a kid. However, I think that the experience of people who plant hundreds of acres of it and depend on it for their livelihood carries more weight.
All I was saying was that it would grow here.
I had a neighbor when I lived in North Lawrence who came up from Mississippi where he lived in his childhood. He'd grow a row of cotton in his North Lawrence garden just to show his kids and grandkids what it looked like.
If the PetroPublicans keep it up winter-hardiness won't be an issue much longer.
I don't like to eat cotton. It tastes like a dishrag to me.
A quick google search reveals both Six and Morrision pressed the water case against Colorado AND Nebraska on a frequent basis, there are many news articles about it. It would appear Six took a case all the way to the Supreme Court. The top hit on a google search also reveals Six pressed the legislature to restore $17 million in funding for water litigation.
Google is not your friend.
Kansas won the battle but lost the war. Colorado is still sucking it dry despite losing in court. And believe me, that battle started well before Six was in there and will continue long after you are dead.
You claimed he didn't pick it up at all. Was Stovall successful?
For at least the last two years there has been the Governor's Water Conference. There will also be one next year. The focus is almost exclusively on western Kansas water issues.
Focus,........ without major money = ? Hello !!!
Have they got government out of your lives enough........., yet ?
Remember,......government is the problem..........and the problem is not their total lack of constructive leadership or their unwillingness to fund government or take on the job at hand .
They are having meetings where they talk each other to sleep knowing well that no serious effort will ever be done to solve the states problem by themselves because they were elected to disassemble government in favor of those who want tax cuts and do anything that you want to do to anyone .
Water rights are private property rights in Kansas. There is a moratorium on new wells and each water user is allocated a certain amount per year. What more would you have government do? Without a major government intervention that seizes all of the water rights, I am not sure what you would want to happen.
Irrigation for crops is something like 90% of all water taken from the Ogallala. The government could pay people to convert to dry land farrming, but the yields would plummet and western Kansas would be faced with painful economic restructuring. I am no fan of Brownback, but I think he is doing what he can given the circumstances. That conference is bringing together end-users, researchers, and policy makers to share their perspectives and latest research. That is a model that has been successfully used for a great many development or natural resource management problems. At that conference last year, economic models of water use were discussed (the value of every inch of water in bushels applied to a crop), alternative irrigation strategies and technologies, developments in policy with regard to crop insurance and short irrigation, etc.
The problem is industrial agriculture (understood as a set of practices and related economic activity) more than it is Brownback.
Rex Buchanan of the KS Geological Survey has a good piece about the Ogallala Aquifer and local attempts to deal with the declining water levels, called Local Enhanced Managment Areas, or LEMAs, where folks groups themselves together and set goals of decreased consumption. At any rate, here's a link to his article:
I think those LEMAs are a major piece of the puzzle. The LEMAs, combined with "buy and dry" programs, and advances in irrigation technology and knowledge should help extend the usable life of the aquifer. I am not sure if sustainable use rates can ever be achieved. The recharge rate is so low in Kansas that it seems that any use is depletion. I really need to learn more about the specifics of that, however.
Climate has always been dynamic and always will be. It is pure hubris to think humans can change that.
Yes, climate changes-- always has and always will. Humans have now become a major part of that process, and at the current pace, that's going to be disastrous for the next several generations of humans. That's not hubris-- just fact.
Not really. But it is hubris to think that you know better than legions of experts who have devoted their lives to studying climatology.
Do you assert that you are a better source of information and analysis than experts in climatology?
Humans haven't changed the earth's landscapes? They haven't changed the composition of the water, the air in other ways besides CO2? The composition of oceans? The size, composition and diversity of the forests, prairies, wetlands, fisheries, animal species, etc.?
Indeed it is your hubris to think that we can do all of these things and much more and expect the climate to NOT be affected.
The average wheat yield per acre in Kansas is 40 bushels/acre; the average in Texas is 30 bushels per acre. Precipitation is not much different between the wheat growing regions of both states. What is different is that Texas gets many more days above 90 F during the growing season, and temperatures above the ideal for growth significantly reduce yields. Even if precipitation patterns don't change, and even if the Ogallala doesn't run out of economically extractable water, we are looking at a ~25% loss in yields as temperatures in Kansas become more like Kansas.
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