Governor Laura Kelly appointed three members to the Kansas Water Authority. The Kansas Water Authority plans for the development, management and use of state water resources by state or local agencies.

Kelly appointed the following members:

  • David Stroberg (R), Hutchinson, for the central Kansas groundwater management district seat, from names provided per statute K.S.A. 74-2622 by districts #2 and #5.
  • Chris Ladwig (U), Derby and Spirit Aerosystems, for the industrial water users seat, from names provided per statute K.S.A. 74-2622 by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
  • State Senator Carolyn McGinn (R), Sedgwick, for the environment and conservation seat, replacing Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Brad Loveless.

The Kansas Water Authority is made up of 24 members. Of these 24 members, 13 are appointed positions. The governor appoints 11 members, including the chair. One member shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, and one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Of the members appointed under this provision, the Governor appoints from the following requirements:

  • One shall be a representative of large municipal water users;
  • One shall be a representative of small municipal water users;
  • One shall be a board member of a western Kansas Groundwater Management District;
  • One shall be a board member of a central Kansas Groundwater Management District;
  • One shall be a member of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts;
  • One shall be a representative of industrial water users;
  • One shall be a member of the state Association of Watershed Districts;
  • One shall have a demonstrated background and interest in water use, conservation and environmental issues;
  • Two shall be representatives of the general public.