Groundwater Management Districts in Kansas

by John C. Peck, Univ of Kansas, Sch of Law, Lawrence, KS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Development and Management Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems


This paper deals with the management of groundwater in Kansas through the statutory mechanism of the groundwater management district (called a GMD in this paper). A description of the location of water in Kansas and of relevant Kansas law is followed by a short discussion of the history of the development of the law establishing GMD's and by a description of the location of these GMD's. The paper then describes the powers of GMD's, discusses how GMD's have used these statutory powers, and raises legal questions about these powers. Lastly, some innovative measures being taken by GMD's are discussed.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Water policy | Water resources | Resource management | Stormwater management | Flow measurement | Water management | Laws and regulations | Kansas | United States

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