GMD4 District-Wide LEMA

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GMD No. 4 has scheduled a series of public meetings to go over topics relate to the GMD4 LEMA.  Meeting dates, times, locations and topics to be discussed can be found

On Thursday, March 8 2018, the Chief Engineer issued an order accepting the GMD's modified LEMA plan. 

On March 1, the GMD accepted the Chief Engineer's proposed changes to the LEMA listed in his February 23rd Order of Decision, and transmitted a GMD modified LEMA plan with the proposed modifications listed on the Chief Engineer's order which included modifications to the original LEMA plan based on the evidence presented at the hearings:

  • The GMD could accept the changes, in which case an order of designation, which is the final order for the LEMA, would be issued. If the GMD did not accept the changes, there would be no LEMA.
  • The proposed modifications are listed on page 26 of the order.
  • The GMD had requested the first two modifications, principally affecting non-irrigation uses.
  • The principal modification recommended is adjusting the LEMA boundary to exclude the townships with little or no decline in water level (those shown in shown in blue and green on Attachment 1 to the GMD’s LEMA plan, the map shows proposed allocations by township).
  • The remainder of the proposed modifications:
    • represent relatively small amounts of water but are necessary to be equitable in the treatment of certain classes of water rights (those with places of use in different allocation zones, those who have not completed their time to perfect and those who may wish to lawfully expand their place of use).
    • improve the appeal process to ensure past conservation is sufficiently considered and that everyone understands the basis of their allocations.
    • requires the advisory committee to track allocation changes and to look at the issue of improving water level change data for purpose of future management.

To view the proposed allocation for your water right, visit the GMD 4 LEMA Allocations website hosted by KDA-DWR.

LEMA Documents:

Document File Size Document Date Provided by
Order Accepting Modified District-Wide LEMA Plan 685 KB  03/08/2018 DWR
GMD4 LEMA Meetings flyer 197 KB 03/07/2018 GMD4
Request for a LEMA incorporating proposed modifications 970 KB 03/01/2018 GMD4
LEMA Order of Decision with Proposed Modifications 515 KB  02/23/2018  DWR
Transcript of second hearing (full size) 1 MB 12/11/2017 Reporter
Transcript of second hearing (condensed) 691 KB  12/11/2017 Reporter
Transcript of second hearing (word index) 4 MB 12/11/2017 Reporter
Second hearing - Exhibit A 59 MB  12/11/2017
Second hearing - Exhibit B
14 MB 12/11/2017  
Initial Hearing Findings
3 MB 09/25/2017 Hearing
Transcript of initial hearing 433 KB 09/16/2017 Reporter
DWR Letter to GMD No. 4 finding LEMA acceptable for consideration 48 KB 06/27/2017 DWR
GMD No.4 Proposal for District-Wide LEMA 1.62 MB 06/08/2017 GMD4
Proposal attachment two - irrigation water rights 1.60 MB 06/08/2017 GMD4
Proposal attachment two - stockwater rights 196 KB 06/08/2017 GMD4

Procedural and Administrative Matters:

Document File Size Document Date  Provided by 
Order Granting An Extension of Time to File Comments 42 KB 12/12/2017 DWR
Motion for Extension of Time 191 KB  12/11/2017 David Traster
Order Declining Petition For Administrative Review
185 KB 11/13/2017 KDA
Pre-Hearing Conference Order for Second Hearing
175 KB 11/06/2017 DWR
Decision Regarding Motion for Expanded Due Process
272 KB 11/06/2017 DWR
GMD No. 4's Answer to Petition for Review by the Secretary of Agriculture 664 KB 11/06/2017 GMD4
Reply Memorandum in Support of the Intervenors' Motion to Provide Due Process 
202 KB 11/02/2017  David Traster
Decision Regarding Intervenors' Motion for Reconsideration 1 MB 11/01/2017  DWR
GMD No. 4's Response to Intervenor's Motion to Provide Due Process Protections 681 KB 11/01/2017 GMD4
Intervenors' Motion to Provide Due Process Protections for Irrigators 361 KB 10/27/2017 David Traster
Memorandum in Support of Intervenors' Motion to Provide Due Process Protections for Irrigators 989 KB 10/27/2017 David Traster
Intervernors' Motion for Reconsideration 341 KB 10/27/2017 David Traster
Memorandum in Support of Intervenors' Motion for Reconsideration 4,527 KB 10/27/2017 David Traster
Petition for Review by the Secretary of Agriculture 839 KB 10/27/2017 David Traster
Notice of pre-hearing conference for second hearing 30 KB 10/12/2017 DWR
Notice of Intervention 422 KB 10/10/2017 David Traster
Motion for Continuance 414 KB 10/10/2017 David Traster
Notice of second hearing 39 KB  10/02/2017 DWR
GMD No. 4 LEMA Pre-Hearing Conference Order for Initial Hearing 56 KB  07/17/2017 DWR
GMD No. 4 LEMA Initial Hearing Notice 28 KB  07/12/2017 DWR

Submitted written testimony for second hearing:

Description File Size Document Date Date Posted
Section-level water level data -- Various 1/10/2018 
Additional testimony received 12/12/2017 151 KB Various 12/27/2017
Intervenors' Submittal in Opposition to the Proposed District-Wide LEMA 1.33 MB 12/22/2017  12/26/2017
GMD No. 4 Memorandum in Support of the Chief Engineer Approving
429 KB 12/22/2017 12/26/2017
Additional written testimony
108 KB Various 12/26/2017
Written testimony received 12/13/2017 - 12/22/2017 769 KB Various 12/22/2017
GMD No. 4 - Timeline of LEMA Public Meetings, Board meetings, and Notices
11 MB  12/21/2017 12/22/2017
GMD No. 4 additional testimony 949 KB Various 12/21/2017
Written testimony received 12/12/2017
3 MB Various 12/13/2017
Written testimony received 11/22/2017 - 12/11/2017
2 MB Various 12/11/2017
Kansas Farm Bureau
27 KB 11/22/2017 11/22/2017
Gary Moss 177 KB  11/20/2017 11/21/2017
Kansas Water Office 193 KB  11/14/2017 11/21/2017
Galen Jamison 382 KB  11/09/2017 11/21/2017
Sharon Stramel 227 KB 11/02/2017 11/21/2017
Kansas Livestock Association 221 KB 11/14/2017 11/17/2017
Scott Ross 379 KB 11/14/2017 11/17/2017
GMD No. 4 1.0 MB 11/2/2017 11/13/2017
DWR 718 KB 11/13/2017 11/13/2017

Submitted written testimony for initial hearing:
Provided by File Size Document Date Date Posted
GMD No. 4 1.24  MB 8/23/2017 8/28/2017 
Kansas Geological Survey 580 KB 8/23/2017 8/28/2017
Scott Ross 60 KB 8/23/2017 8/28/2017
Sharon Stramel 88 KB 8/23/2017 8/28/2017
Max E. Mann 21 KB 9/5/2017 9/5/2017
Leonard Kashka Jr. 8 KB 9/7/2017 9/7/2017 
Doyle E. Saddler
85 KB 9/7/2017 9/7/2017
Jon Friesen
43 KB 9/11/2017 9/13/2017
GMD No. 4, Supplemental Testimony
212 KB 9/12/2017 9/13/2017
Bert Stramel 32 KB 9/13/2017 9/13/2017

Groundwater Management District No. 4 website
Groundwater Management District Act (K.S.A. 82a-1020 through 82a-1042)