Kansas Governor Touts New Water Conservation Law

By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry
By: AP Posted by Josh Mabry

COLBY, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is touting a new
water conservation law aimed at extending the life of the Ogallala
Aquifer.

Brownback traveled to the northwestern town of Colby on Tuesday
to re-enact his signing of a bill that lets groundwater management
districts create conservation areas within their borders.

Management districts can impose special controls on water use in
those areas. The policy is designed to encourage local communities
to pursue their own conservation efforts.

Brownback originally signed the bill March 30, and the new law
took effect last week.

It was part of a package of water conservation proposals pushed
this year by the governor. Another new law, taking effect in July,
ends the state's ``use it or lose it'' policy on water rights.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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