Burrton IGUCA


A public hearing was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in the Hutchinson, Kansas Department of Transportation conference room at 1220 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson, Kan., to review the Burrton Intensive Groundwater Use Control Area.  For more information see the official public hearing notice. Chief Engineer David Barfield left the hearing open to receive written testimony through Nov. 2, 2016, with any extensions to be published on this website. The Chief Engineer extended the deadline to submit written testimony to Feb. 1, 2017. The comment period is now closed.

IGUCA Overview

BurrtonIGUCA_LocationIn response to the deterioration of groundwater quality caused by chloride contamination in the Burrton area, the board of Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD #2) initiated the IGUCA process in June 1982. Hearings were held in August 1982 and February 1984 and the IGUCA order was issued in June 1984, with a correctional order issued in July 1984. The order defined a control area, made thirteen recommendations from a task force report and imposed three main corrective controls: (1) the potential effects of each application will be reviewed using a computer groundwater model, (2) the Board of Directors of GMD #2 will annually review all hydrologic data and may request a hearing to amend the IGUCA if deemed necessary and (3) installation of water flowmeters was required.

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. While a brief summary of the Burrton IGUCA has been provided in below, the IGUCA order is also available and should be referred to for detailed conclusions and provisions.

DWR is conducting a formal review of the June 1, 1984 order establishing the IGUCA. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the public interest requires that the IGUCA designation be continued, and if so, whether there should be any adjustment to the IGUCA’s provisions.

DWR, in cooperation with GMD No. 2, has developed a final draft of the Burrton IGUCA Review which was offered for the record at the October 4, 2016 public hearing.



June 11, 1982: IGUCA Proceedings Initiated Equus Bed GMD No. 2 Board of Directors

  • Deteriorating water quality due to high chloride concentrations detected in the groundwater

August 4, 1982: Public Hearing

  • Established Task Force
  • Task Force was formed and composed of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Water Office, Equus Beds GMD No. 2, Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas Water Authority, Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Producers Association, and area water right holders
  • Public hearing continued on February 21, 1984 with Task Force results available

June 1, 1984: IGUCA Order Issued

July 24, 1984: Correctional Order Issued

  • Unreasonable deterioration of the water quality was occurring
  • Corrective controls were needed in order to protect public interest
  • Waterflow meters required in the IGUCA area
  • The potential effects of effects of each application should be reviewed using a computer groundwater model
  • Additional recommendations by the Task Force would be forwarded to other entities or agencies having jurisdiction or authority
  • GMD No. 2 Board of Directors to annually review all hydrologic data and allowed them the ability to request a hearing to amend the IGUCA if deemed necessary
  • Task for recommendations considered and forwarded to pertinent agencies
  • Chief engineer can amend the IGUCA if deemed to be in the public interest

March 10, 2016: Draft Burrton IGUCA Review submitted to GMD No. 2

May 10, 2016: GMD No. 2 Board reviewed and no comments submitted to DWR

October 4, 2016: Burrton IGUCA Review Public Hearing

November 2, 2016: Burrton IGUCA Review Hearing initial written testimony submittal deadline

December 2, 2016: Burrton IGUCA Review Hearing extended written testimony submittal deadline

February 1, 2017: Burrton IGUCA Review Hearing second extended written testimony submittal deadline

Support Documents

Burrton Hearing Support Documents

Individuals who have questions regarding the Burrton IGUCA should contact David Engelhaupt at David.Engelhaupt@ks.gov for more information.