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Governor's Water Conference to highlight policy, research developments


The first Governor's Water Conference is to be held Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at the new Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center in Manhattan, Kan.

The Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas will highlight the latest policy and research developments of water issues in Kansas.

The conference topics include:

--New ideas to conserve and extend the Ogallala Aquifer;

--An evaluation of Kansas' water infrastructure;

--Opportunities to improve Kansas' water quality; and

--Meeting water demands for energy and agriculture.

To view the agenda for a complete list of speakers and panelists visit

Day one speakers include William Blomquist, Ph.D., author of "Embracing Watershed Politics," and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Panel presentations with a town hall format are planned for the afternoon. Day two will build on the water policy discussions from Day 1 with technical presentation posters and talks.

"Legislators, state, federal, city and county officials, organizations and citizens who share an interest in our state's water resources are encouraged to attend," said Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office director: "With record breaking drought the last two years as well as a record flood last year, there is no better time to focus attention to Kansas' water needs."

Registration is available online at The deadline is Oct. 15. Conference details, brochure, speakers, sponsors and hotel information can be found online as well.

The Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is co-sponsored by the Kansas Water Office and K-State /Kansas Water Research Institute. Sponsors for the event come from multiple diverse water interests. Major sponsors for the event include Black and Veatch, Burns and McDonnell and Select Energy.

If accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please notify the KWO, 785-296-3185, at least five working days prior to the conference.

As the state's water office, KWO conducts water planning, policy coordination and water marketing as well as facilitates public input throughout the state.

The agency prepares the KANSAS WATER PLAN, a plan for water resources development, management and conservation. KWO also reviews all water laws and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for needed legislation.

Date: 10/1/2012


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