Identifying Solutions to Challenges
Drought affects southwest Kansas frequently, but its onset is subtle, and its impacts develop over time. Local groundwater reservoir storage has been used to counter the effects of drought, but as reserves are mined, water supplies become less reliable, and drought resiliency is lost. This project will provide irrigators with water use information that will enable them to become more drought resilient through better water management.
This project will build long-term resilience to drought and reduce the need for emergency response actions by providing water users with valuable information that will empower them to manage and conserve water, increase the usable life of the Ogallala/High Plains Aquifer, and increase farm profitability. Year 1 of the project will focus on Finney County while years 2 and beyond will include all of GMD3.
The Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District (GMD3) is located in the heart of the irrigation/agri-business, industrial complex overlying the Ogallala Aquifer.
The district was organized to conserve groundwater resources, prevent economic deterioration, and provide for the stabilization of agriculture by establishing the right of local users to determine their own destiny with respect to the use of groundwater.