Local Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs)

K.S.A. 82a-1041

Groundwater management districts (GMDs) are granted the authority to initiate a public hearing process to consider a specific conservation plan to meet local goals.

LEMA Fact Sheet


YouTube Video of Wichita County LEMA Initial Public Hearing (8-14-2020):
Initial Hearing Video Recording.

The Chief Engineer of the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture (DWR), has conducted an initial review of the Wichita County LEMA plan submitted by Western Kansas GMD No. 1 (GMD1) and found it acceptable for further consideration. The proposed LEMA plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within GMD1. Details about the proposed LEMA plan are available online at http://agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

An initial public hearing was held on August 14, 2020 to determine whether the Wichita County LEMA plan satisfies the initial requirements for approval. The virtual-hybrid hearing provided the opportunity for in-person oral statements and virtual online participation through Zoom. The hearing was also broadcast live via the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s YouTube channel (link). The initial hearing was open to any interested members of the public.

All interested parties were welcome to submit written or oral statements to be included in the record of the initial hearing. Oral statements were only accepted during the hearing. Written statements were accepted through the close of business on August 28, 2020. The written comments provided are available online at http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

The deadline for any party desiring to formally intervene in the proceeding was July 31, 2020. Electing not to formally intervene did not limit any party’s ability to provide written testimony to be included in the record of the initial public hearing.

On October 15, 2019, the Gove County District Court upheld the Chief Engineer's decision on the GMD4 District-Wide LEMA in Friesen vs. Barfield.

On June 13, 2018, a petition for judicial review and a notice disputing the validity of the GMD4 District-Wide LEMA were filed in Gove County District Court to challenge the LEMA orders and the validity of K.S.A. 82a-1041 (the LEMA statutory provisions).