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

News

GMD1 Four-County LEMA News

Details about the proposed GMD1 Four-County LEMA and its Management Plan are available on the GMD1 Four-County LEMA webpage

second public hearing will be held on  at 10:00 AM CST on February 2, 2023 at the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, 212 E. 5th Street, Scott City, Kansas. Further information can be found in the Notice of Hearing.

On December 21, 2022, the Chief Engineer issued a Findings and Order establishing the initial requirements for the designation of a LEMA. 

An initial public hearing was held on October 17, 2022. Further information can be found in the Notice of Hearing. Written comments and testimony that have been provided are available on the GMD1 Four-County LEMA webpage.


Recent LEMA Renewal Hearings


Sheridan 6 LEMA Renewal Hearing: July 26, 2022. 
More about the Sheridan 6 LEMA Renewal Hearing

On October 14, 2022, the Chief Engineer issued a Consolidated Order of Decision and Designation approving the Management Plan submitted by GMD4 for the Sheridan 6 LEMA, which will remain in place for 2023-2027. 

GMD4 LEMA Renewal Hearing: July 27, 2022. 
More about the GMD4 LEMA Renewal Hearing

On November 22, 2022, the Chief Engineer issued a Consolidated Order of Decision and Designation approving the Management Plan submitted by GMD4 for the GMD4 LEMA, which will remain in place for 2023-2027.

Wichita County LEMA News


Details about the Wichita County LEMA, its Management Plan, and allocations for the LEMA period (2021-2025) are available on the Wichita County LEMA webpage.

On February 2, 2021, the Chief Engineer issued an Order of Designation creating the Wichita County LEMA. The Wichita County LEMA will be in effect through December 31, 2025.

On December 30, 2020, the Chief Engineer issued an Order of Decision approving the Management Plan submitted by GMD1 for the Wichita County LEMA. The Management Plan calls for reductions in water use in those areas of Wichita County within GMD1.

A second public hearing was held on November 20, 2020. The virtual-hybrid hearing can be viewed on the KDA YouTube channel (link). Written comments that were provided are available on the Wichita County LEMA webpage.

On September 16, 2020, the Acting Chief Engineer issued a Findings and Order establishing the initial requirements for the designation of a LEMA. He concluded that the proposed Wichita County LEMA satisfied the initial requirements necessary to continue the LEMA designation process and ordered that a second public hearing be conducted.

An initial public hearing was held on August 14, 2020. The virtual-hybrid hearing can be viewed on the KDA YouTube channel (link). Written comments that were provided are available on the Wichita County LEMA webpage.

GMD4 LEMA News

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

On June 13, 2018, a Petition for Judicial Review and a Notice of Disputed Validity regarding the GMD4 LEMA were filed in the Gove County District Court to challenge the LEMA Orders and the validity of K.S.A. 82a-1041 (the LEMA statutory provisions).