Farmers in Pratt, Stafford and Kiowa counties face economic disaster as the battle for control of water in the Rattlesnake River Basin comes to a head in St. John on Monday, October 21. On that day, the Kansas Department of Natural Resources (KDNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USDA) advised farmers in Edwards, Pawnee and Reno counties, including Pratt and Stafford, and Reno County, that a meeting was scheduled to review the expected regulations that will affect their water supplies.
The notice applies to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Kansas Department of Natural Resources (KDNR), which implement water management regulations in the Rattlesnake River Basin. FEMA also intends to assist the State of Kansas in mitigating future disaster damage from future natural disasters such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
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Basin Management Team staff was involved in the preparation of the report as part of the Kansas Department of Natural Resources' water resources management plan. The Kansas State Water Plan identifies water resource problems, identifies and develops water management strategies, and identifies solutions to water problems.
The Water Resources Division was established in 2010 to effectively consolidate the water resource management, planning and management of the Kansas State Water System. The Kansas Department of Natural Resources (KDNR) Manages rules and regulations for the management of water resources. These include water and related tasks such as water quality control, water protection, irrigation, catchment management and groundwater management.
Gibson, Kansas (1973 - 1976): Establishment of the Kansas Department of Natural Resources (KDNR) Water resources. McPherson (1980), described as the state's first groundwater treatment plant, used water to treat groundwater in Kansas.
Records from wells flowing into the Barton County water treatment plant in McPherson, Kansas (1973 - 1976). Measurements began in the first half of the 1970s at a total of 1.5 million cubic feet per day (m3).
No house wells were selected to intercept the shallow part of the aquifer, and no irrigation wells were selected to intercept the deep parts of the aquifer. The Barton County water treatment plant had two home wells and one irrigation well.
The wells selected for this study were selected by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment based on soil conditions and well protocols. Work in Nebraska and Iowa has shown that nitrates in shallow groundwater could be a potential source of water contamination at the Barton County water treatment plant. The current study in Stafford County was conducted to determine whether nitrate pollution occurs in shallower groundwaters and what variables could be useful in predicting potential contamination areas.
Table 1 shows that the direction of movement of the slope is not the same everywhere. Groundwater is entering Stafford County and southern Barton County from the west and southwest, and from the south and west to the east and west.
The risk of costly consequential damage is quite high if restoration work is delayed or carried out by insufficiently trained people. The last thing you want at a water or damage point is for amateurs to stumble around and do more damage while trying to remove good material.
We estimate the impact on Stafford County's economy at about $1.5 million, which would be devastating for everyone in the county, "Meyer said. Well drilled into sandstone from the Dakota Formation and permeable rock are saturated with water that is under hydrostatic pressure in a certain area from about 200 feet below the surface to over the land surface in Barton County. Permeable rocks, such as those that restrict water, are generally encountered at static water pressure. The proposed reductions have no precedent in Kansas, though self-imposed measures appear to be slowing the decline of the Ogallala aquifer in far western Kansas.
Stafford County has an eastward tributary of the Arkansas River, and the wastewater from the creek is part of a perennial stream channel, which is a channel that cuts through the groundwater table, extracting water from a zone of saturation. Groundwater is discharged from the ground into Little Cheyenne Creek and flows back into the stream. Part of it moves northeast into the Dry Walnut Valley and then further north to reach an underground reservoir.
Two salt marshes occur, indicating a shallow water table in this area, and more contamination is present in the deeper sections of the aquifer.