Water. We drink it. We use it to grow food. We use it to cook and to clean. To say we depend on water is an understatement. High water usage rates and climate change are making it more clear every day that this “renewable” resource is not so much.
Earlier today I sat in on a meeting Blue Ribbon Task Force, part of the Governor’s 50 Year Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas. The task force was established to “develop a balanced, affordable and sustainable method to provide financing for water resource management and protection, including alternatives that utilize public and private partnerships.”
The task force has been meeting regularly and received public comment on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. There I heard from individuals and organizations from around the state about their priorities for water funding in Kansas. Some of the key themes had to do with water conservation and management, technology and crop varieties, additional sources of water supply, and water education.
In June, the task force will review oral and written testimony and discuss funding priorities.
By Leslie Wilson