McPherson IGUCA


A public hearing was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in the Hutchinson Kansas Department of Transportation conference room at 1220 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson, Kan., to review the McPherson Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area.  For more information see the official public hearing notice.  Chief Engineer David Barfield left the hearing open for the submittal of written testimony through Nov. 2, 2016, with any extensions to be published on this website. The Chief Engineer extended the deadline to submit written testimony to Dec. 2, 2016. 


In response to declining groundwater levels in the McPherson area, the board of Equus Beds Groundwater Management District #2 (GMD #2) initiated the Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area (IGUCA) process in February, 1979. A hearing was held in September 1979 and the IGUCA order was issued in March 1980. The order defined a control area and imposed two main corrective controls: (1) that the IGUCA area shall be closed to new appropriations excepting domestic, temporary and short-term permits and (2) that water flow meters shall be installed on all groundwater wells excepting domestic and temporary wells.

Pursuant to K.A.R. 5-20-2, each of the eight IGUCA orders in place before July 1, 2008 must be reviewed in a process that includes a public hearing conducted by the chief engineer. While a brief summary of the McPherson IGUCA has been provided below, the IGUCA order is also available and should be referred to for detailed conclusions and provisions.

DWR is conducting a formal review of the March 28, 1980 order establishing the McPherson IGUCA. The purpose of the review is to determine whether there are still excessive declines in groundwater levels, whether the rate of groundwater withdrawal in the area still exceeds the rate of recharge and whether the public interest requires that the IGUCA designation be continued, and if so, whether there should there be any adjustment in the IGUCA’s provisions.
DWR, in cooperation with GMD No. 2, has developed a final draft of the McPherson IGUCA Review which was offered for the record at the public hearing on Oct. 4, 2016 in Hutchinson, Kan.


February 13, 1979: IGUCA proceedings initiated by GMD No. 2 Board of Directors

  • Groundwater levels were in area potentially declining excessively
  • Rate of withdrawal in that area appeared to exceed rate of recharge

September 18, 1979: Public Hearing

March 28, 1980: IGUCA Order issued

  • Closed the area to further groundwater appropriation
  • Required installation of water flowmeters
  • Directed the Board of Directors of GMD No. 2 to annually review all water related information available in the IGUCA and allowed it to request a hearing if amendments to the IGUCA were necessary
  • Chief Engineer can amend the IGUCA if deemed in the public interest

October 14, 2013: MYFA Amendment

March 10, 2016: Draft McPherson IGUCA Review distributed to GMD No. 2

May 10, 2016: GMD No. 2 Board reviewed and no comments submitted to DWR

October 4, 2016: McPherson IGUCA Review Hearing

November 2, 2016: McPherson IGUCA Review Hearing initial written testimony submittal deadline

December 2, 2016: McPherson IGUCA Review Hearing extended written testimony submittal deadline

Support Documents

McPherson Hearing Support Documents

Individuals who have questions regarding the McPherson IGUCA should contact David Engelhaupt at for more information.