Wichita County LEMA

The Chief Engineer of the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture (DWR) has conducted an initial review of the Wichita County Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) Management Plan submitted by the Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 (GMD1) and found it acceptable for further consideration. The proposed LEMA plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within GMD1. Details about the proposed LEMA plan are available on this page. A pre-hearing conference was held on July 8, 2020 to discuss the date and procedures for the initial public hearing.

An initial public hearing shall be held on August 14, 2020 beginning at 9:00 A.M. (CDT) to determine whether the Wichita County LEMA Management Plan satisfies the initial requirements for approval. The virtual-hybrid hearing will provide the opportunity for in-person oral statements and virtual online participation through Zoom. The hearing will also be broadcast live here via the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s YouTube Channel. Any interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

All interested parties are welcome to submit written or oral statements to be included in the record of the initial hearing. Oral statements will only be accepted during the public hearing. In-person oral statements may be given at the St. Anthony Catholic Church Parish Hall, 600 S. Fourth Street, Leoti, KS. Anyone desiring to provide an online oral statement or visual presentation via Zoom must submit their request at least 24 hours prior to the hearing by notifying Ronda Hutton at (785) 564-6715 or by e-mail at ronda.hutton@ks.gov. A copy of any visual presentation must also be submitted 24 hours prior to the hearing. Written statements may be submitted at the public hearing or sent to the WHC LEMA; c/o Ronda Hutton; 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502, faxed to (785) 564-6777, or e-mailed to ronda.hutton@ks.gov. Written comments must be delivered on or before Friday, August 28, 2020.

The deadline for any party desiring to formally intervene in the proceeding is July 31, 2020. Electing not to formally intervene will not limit any party’s ability to provide oral or written testimony at the public hearing

On March 26, 2020, the GMD1 Board of Directors submitted a formal request to the Chief Engineer of DWR to designate a Wichita County LEMA. Included in the request was a Management Plan and Proposed Allocations for the LEMA period, which can be downloaded from the 2021-2025 Wichita County LEMA Documents table below.

2021-2025 Wichita County LEMA Documents:

Description Document File File Size Document Date Provided by
Pre-Hearing Order Pre-Hearing Order 134 KB  07/09/2020 DWR
Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference For the Initial Hearing in the Establishment of the Wichita County LEMA Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference 41 KB  06/30/2020 DWR
DWR Letter to GMD No. 1 finding LEMA acceptable for consideration Response Letter 472 KB 04/07/2020 DWR
Cover Letter for WHCL Management Plan and Proposed Allocations Request Letter 213 KB 03/26/2020  GMD1 
Management Plan for WHCL: Request for a Wichita County LEMA Submitted to the Chief Engineer, KDA-DWR Management Plan 1.6 MB 03/26/2020 GMD1
Proposed Allocations for WHCL: Historical Use & Allocations Summary Worksheet Proposed Allocations 2.7 MB 03/26/2020 GMD1
Initial Public Hearing Comments and Testimony 
Provided By File Size Date Provided
Brownie Wilson, KGS
KGS OFR 2019-16
KGS OFR 2015-33
1 MB
5 MB 
17 MB
DWR - WHCL Hearing Notice  172 KB
  • March 26, 2020 -GMD No. 1 Board of Directors filed request to initiate proceedings for the WHCL with the Chief Engineer

Reasons for recommendation:

  • To extend the Ogallala Aquifer supplies for the long term benefit of the area

  • To address excessive water level declines and withdrawal rates exceeding recharge rates within the proposed WHCL boundaries

Public Hearings:

  • Initial Public Hearing: August 14, 2020 beginning at 9:00 A.M. (CDT)


  • None available at this time