Archive for Monday, March 5, 2012

Brownback signing water policy changes

March 5, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback is traveling to southwestern Kansas to sign two bills he initiated to prolong the life of the state's water resources.

The Republican governor was scheduled to be in Garden City on Monday to sign two measures that change how water-rights holders use their water.

One bill would repeal a 1945 law that required use of a certain amount of water each year under a so-called use-it-or-lose-it doctrine.

The other bill gives rights holders more flexibility in how they use their water each year. Brownback says it will allow for more water usage in dry years, with an eye toward conservation in wet years.

Both measures were part of the agenda Brownback outlined in January for the 2012 legislative session.


verity 6 years, 3 months ago

Both bills sound like good ideas. Really, really glad to see something useful being done by our state government.

Joe Hyde 6 years, 3 months ago

A big pat on the back goes to Gov. Brownback for signing the repeal of the 1945 "use it or lose it" water law. That law triggered excessive competition between users that led to many forms of destructive water wasting which severely depleted the aquifer. Perhaps as much as 10,000 years worth of fossil water (had it been managed correctly) was pumped to the surface in a little over five decades.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 3 months ago

What makes sense if for farmers, ranchers and cities to pay the state something for the use of the water they extract. Put a meter on every well and every water intake. Charge $1 per 1000 gallons. That would do more to ensure conservation than anything else. Let the "free market" govern and by "free" I mean "free to pay." This money could then be used to reconstruct the wetlands lost around the state.

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