Learn More about Water in Kansas

Interested in learning more about water in Kansas and the role these partners, agencies and organizations play in Kansas water resources? These helpful links will get you started on the right track.


Kansas Water Office (KWO)  The primary statutory function of the agency is the development and implementation of the Kansas Water Plan. State law requires the Kansas Water Office to “Formulate on a continuing basis a comprehensive State Water Plan for the management, conservation and development of the water resources of the state.” KWO in coordination with the KWA, also reviews all water laws and makes recommendations to the governor and legislature for needed legislation to ensure water policies and programs address the needs of all Kansans.

Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) – A regulatory agency that serves all Kansans. It is charged by law to ensure: a safe food supply; responsible and judicious use of pesticides and nutrients; the protection of Kansas’ natural and cultivated plants; integrity of weighing and measuring devices in commerce; and, that the state’s waters are put to beneficial use.

Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DWR) – Administers 28 state laws, including the Kansas Water Appropriation Act, and statutes concerning construction of dams, levees and other changes to streams within Kansas.

Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DOC) – Administers the Conservation Districts law and other laws designed to assist local entities and individuals in conserving our natural resources.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) – To protect the health and environment of all Kansans by promoting responsible choices.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) – Conserve and enhance Kansas’ natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats; provide the public with opportunities for the use of the natural resources.

Kansas Department of Commerce – To empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas.

Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) – A research and service unit of the University of Kansas and an agency of the State of Kansas. Its programs and activities meet mission-oriented goals germane to state, regional, national, and global environmental and biological issues.

Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) – To protect the public interest through impartial and efficient resolution of all jurisdictional issues. The agency shall regulate rates, service and safety of public utilities, common carriers, motor carriers, and regulate oil and gas production by protecting correlative rights and the environmental resources.

Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) – To conduct geological studies and research and to collect, correlate, preserve, and disseminate information leading to a better understanding of the geology of Kansas, with special emphasis on natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity, and geologic hazards.

Kansas State University, Research and Extension (KSRE) – Dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.


USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

USDA – Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA)

USACE – Kansas City District – Tulsa District

United States Bureau of Reclamation

United States Environmental Protection Agency


EPA Water Topics

NGWA National Groundwater Association


Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 (GMD5)

Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD2)

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA)

Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS)

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environment Education (KACEE)

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD)

Kansas Association of Counties

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Kansas Corn

Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP)

Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB)

Kansas Forest Service (KFS)

Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC)

Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA)

Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)

Kansas Rural Water Association (KRWA)

Kansas Soybean Association/Commission 

Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)

League of Kansas Municipalities

Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4 (GMD4)

Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP)

Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 (GMD3)

State Association of Kansas Watersheds (SAKW)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 (GMD1)



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