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Salina Moves To Form Water Group

KSAL Staff - March 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Crews are searching Kanopolis Lake in central Kansas for a teenager who went missing while kayaking with friends

Salina City Commissioners Monday approved the idea of entering into a water supply group. Commissioners authorized staff to prepare and submit an application to the Kansas Water office for membership to form the Lower Smoky Hill Water Supply Access District.

The group will include other cities, industries, and farmers that get water from the Smoky Hill River. The group is the result of on going discussions since the drought of 2006.

The Kansas Legislature approved creation of the district in 2011. Detailed regulations were finished last August.

The purpose of Lower Smoky Hill Water Supply Access District is to buy additional storage at Kanopolis Reservoir. By buying storage in the lake, members of the access district would be able to have water sent to them during drought, and those with older water rights wouldn’t be able to use that water.

Kevin Hays

March 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

Yes that makes all the sense in the world to pay for something that won’t be there when you need it. Lets throw some more money away. Its time to face reality people and start changing the ways we farm and what we raise as irragation amounts to some where around 80 percent of the water used in Kansas. That includes watering your yard. we need to start changing now.

Paul Hopson

March 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

In a way yes your right that throwing money at a problem wont necessarily fix the water issue that we are facing up here. Dry land irrigation is depleting the aquifer faster then it can replenish, but at least this is a group of people taking a look and trying to solve the problem within there ability to affect it. I see this as both a potential positive and negative.

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