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Kansas Water Forum Targets Pumping In Colorado

Joe Dyer, flickr Creative Commons

There's a meeting planned this week in Kansas to discuss concerns about using water pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer in northeast Colorado to help satisfy streamflow requirements on the Republican River.

The gathering Tuesday in St. Francis will include Governor Sam Brownback along with agriculture and water officials.

Representative Rick Billinger of Goodland wants to gather input on the pumping project and "possible ways to preserve the Ogallala for future users."

He says the pumping project benefits the river's north fork, which doesn't enter Kansas until it reaches Jewell County, in the north-central part of the state.

The south fork dips into Kansas through Cheyenne County and flows back into Nebraska.

Two similar augmentation projects just ceased in western Nebraska.