Intensive Groundwater Use Control Areas (IGUCAs)

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Pursuant to K.A.R. 5-20-2, each of the eight IGUCA orders in place before July 1, 2008 must be reviewed in a process that includes a public hearing conducted by the chief engineer. All reviews are to be completed before June 30, 2015. While a brief summary of each IGUCA has been provided in the links below, the actual IGUCA orders are also available and should be referred to for actual detailed conclusions and provisions.
 2010 Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area Map
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In 1978, the Kansas Legislature enacted the Kansas Groundwater Management District Act, which also contained specific provisions (K.S.A. 82a-1036, K.S.A. 82a-1037 and K.S.A. 82a-1038) for initiation of proceedings for and designation of Intensive Groundwater Use Control Areas (IGUCA). These statutes allow the Chief Engineer to implement additional corrective control provisions in areas where it is determined, through a public hearing process, that groundwater levels are declining excessively, the rate of groundwater withdrawal exceeds the rate of groundwater recharge, unreasonable deterioration of groundwater quality has occurred or may occur, or other conditions exist warranting additional regulation to protect public interest.