Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Water Conservation Area Approved
Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. along with the Chief Engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources, and the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District (GMD3) have reached an agreement on the designation of the Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Water Conservation Area, pursuant to K.S.A. 82a-745.
A Water Conservation Area (WCA) is a designated area with an approved management plan developed by a water right owner (Wheatland Electric) with the consent of the Chief Engineer to reduce water withdrawals while maintaining economic value via water right flexibility. WCAs were signed into law in April 2015 primarily to provide a tool for water right owners to extend the usable lifetime of the Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer.
Wheatland’s recently approved WCA consists of over 8,000 acres of land including 14 industrial wells along with 23 irrigation wells. By working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Wheatland has successfully developed a plan that will allow Wheatland to continue to conserve water resources.
Maintaining the usability of the Ogallala Aquifer is crucial not just for Wheatland, but more importantly the region. “Farmers, businesses, industries and communities all rely heavily on the Ogallala in some capacity. Extending its useful life for the benefit of all is a goal worth pursuing and what we hope to accomplish through Wheatland’s recently approved WCA,” said Bruce Mueller, Wheatland Electric’s General Manager.