For years, I’ve been talking about what is happening, or going to happen, to our water in western Kansas. Who gives a flip about small rural Kansas towns like Ellsworth? Who in Ellsworth is really paying attention ? Who in Ellsworth is doing anything about it ? No one is looking after Ellsworth County. No one.
A hearing by the Kansas Water Office will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28th at the community center in Assaria. The Kansas Water Authority plans this public hearing to draft a policy determining who will be able to access the water in Kanopolis Reservoir and how much water will be released from the Reservoir.
Citizens who wish to speak have been asked to notify the Water Authority at least seven days before the hearing. That means today. The article announcing the meeting appeared this morning in the Wichita Eagle…otherwise, you can learn about it by digging it out of the water office bulletin board or website. How would one know to do that? These are sneaky state officials. They like it best when no one shows up for their meetings.
The following proposed policy is posted on the Kansas Water Office website:
5. Identify options to meet water use needs in the area based on results of models and other pertinent data.
Gathering information to complete task.
This may include Kanopolis Lake Regulation Manual/river system operation changes. May include Wilson as source of water supply. Reservoir Sustainability Vol. II includes 2 reservoir operational options. Many options discussed with stakeholder representatives summer 2009.
This has all gone just as the water watch dogs predicted years ago. The city officials of Hays and Russell are marching toward Wilson Lake water now that they’ve drained Cedar Bluff…the reservoir has been in steady decline since 1998. They are also marching toward Kanopolis as their backup for the time when Wilson dries up, if Salina and McPherson don’t drain Kanopolis first.
These are mighty forces…Hays, Russell, Salina, McPherson out there fighting for their future to maintain a water supply for their communities. WHERE IS SOMEONE FROM ELLSWORTH? WHERE ARE THE ELLSWORTH CITY/COUNTY OFFICIALS. Other than Linda Denning and me who have attended these meetings for eons, the one or two other people who attend these meetings from Ellsworth are there for self-serving purposes.
WTF is up with the Kansas Water Office? Instead of PROTECTING our water, they are just selling out to the highest bidders, and the dependent communities be damned.
There is good reason to hate Kathleen Sebelius and Joe Harkins for setting up this program as soon as she took office in 2003. Joe Harkins was one of her largest political contributors. Joseph F. Harkins, Acting Director, Kansas Water Office, has reinvented the Kansas Water Office to sell water to the highest bidder, not to protect it for future use.
When you see some efforts at conservation and limited growth, then maybe there will also be signs that people are getting the message. Now you know why so many opposed the water guzzling ethanol plant they built in Russell that is now going the way of other ethanol plants in the US and looking for government bailouts. Hays and Russell will drain the system until our taps run dry in Ellsworth.
Remember what the Poppers predicted about the Great Plains? We’re marching closer and closer to a Buffalo Commons. If the state water office can do this to WaKeeney and drain the water from Cedar Bluff, they can do it to us. There is no doubt about that.
Thanks for tuning in…