Local Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs)

K.S.A. 82a-1041

Groundwater management districts (GMDs) are granted the authority to initiate a public hearing process to consider a specific conservation plan to meet local goals.

LEMA Fact Sheet

The Chief Engineer of the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture, has conducted an initial review of the Wichita County LEMA plan submitted by the Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 and found it acceptable for further consideration. The proposed LEMA plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within the groundwater management district. Details about the proposed LEMA plan are available online at http://agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL

Therefore, a pre-hearing conference shall be held to finalize a tentative date of August 14, 2020 for the initial public hearing, to discuss procedures for conducting the hearing, and to consider any other relevant matters. All interested parties are welcome to participate by using the call-in information provided below.

                        Call-in Number:          (866) 620-7326

                        Conference Code:       591-340-8276 

Any parties wishing to formally intervene in proceedings should participate in this call. If you have any questions about the pre-hearing conference or access to the conference call, please contact Ronda Hutton at (785) 564-6715 or via email at ronda.hutton@ks.gov.

On October 15, 2019, the Gove County District Court upheld the Chief Engineer's GMD No. 4 LEMA decision in Friesen vs. Barfield.

On June 13, 2018, a petition for judicial review and a notice disputing the validity of the GMD No. 4 LEMA were filed in Gove County District Court to challenge the LEMA orders and the validity of K.S.A. 82a-1041 (the LEMA statutory provisions).