Legislators To Discuss Water Projects

By: Elyse Molstad Email
By: Elyse Molstad Email

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Legislative leaders in Kansas met with water and agriculture officials to discuss projects to protect the water supply for the western part of the state.

State officials met Monday in Garden City to review projects to be funded by $9.8 million in grants that are part of Kansas' $36 million settlement with Colorado over use of the Arkansas River.

Legislators said the money was transferred recently to ensure that it was spent for its desired intent. The projects will be completed in Finney, Hamilton and Kearny counties.

Projects include restoring Lake McKinney, recharging the Ogallala Aquifer and rebuilding irrigation channels.

Kansas sued Colorado over compliance with the Arkansas River Compact. Legislators passed a law in 1996 dedicating funds from the settlement for water projects.

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