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.

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Wichita County LEMA News

YouTube Video of Wichita County LEMA Second Public Hearing (11-20-2020):
Second Hearing Video Recording.

YouTube Video of Wichita County LEMA Initial Public Hearing (8-14-2020): Initial Hearing Video Recording.

The Chief Engineer of the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture (DWR), has signed an Order of Decision accepting the Wichita County LEMA Management Plan submitted by Western Kansas GMD No. 1 (GMD1). The LEMA plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within GMD1. Details about the LEMA plan are available at http://agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

A second public hearing was held on November 20, 2020 to consider whether the proposed corrective control provisions in the Wichita County LEMA Management Plan are sufficient, and whether the plan should be accepted or rejected, or whether modifications should be proposed. The virtual-hybrid hearing was open to the public, allowed for in-person and online oral statements, and was broadcast live via the Kansas Department of Agriculture's YouTube channel (link). Any interested parties were welcome to submit oral or written statements into the record of the second hearing. Oral statements were only accepted during the hearing, while written comments were accepted through December 4, 2020. Written comments that were provided are available at http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

On September 16, 2020, the Acting Chief Engineer issued Findings and Order Establishing the Initial Requirements for the Designation of a LEMA. He concluded that the proposed Wichita County LEMA satisfies the initial requirements necessary to continue the LEMA designation process and ordered that a second public hearing be conducted.

An initial public hearing was held on August 14, 2020 to determine whether the Wichita County LEMA Management Plan satisfies the initial requirements for approval. The virtual-hybrid hearing was open to the public, allowed for in-person and online oral statements, and was broadcast live via the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s YouTube channel (link). Any interested parties were welcome to submit oral or written statements into the record of the initial hearing. Oral statements were only accepted during the hearing, while written comments were accepted through August 28, 2020. Written comments that were provided are available at http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

The deadline for any party desiring to formally intervene in the proceeding was July 31, 2020. Electing not to formally intervene did not limit any party’s ability to provide testimony for the records of the public hearings.

GMD4 District-Wide LEMA News

On October 15, 2019, the Gove County District Court upheld the Chief Engineer's decision on the GMD4 District-Wide LEMA in Friesen vs. Barfield.

On June 13, 2018, a petition for judicial review and a notice disputing the validity of the GMD4 District-Wide 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).