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Water in Kansas: Past & Present

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April 24, 2017, 7:00 PM CT

Presented by Rex Buchanan

Early evidence of Native peoples in Kansas shows that they lived near springs, seeps, and rivers. Later, European settlers moved along water sources, and eventually cities were established in areas with plentiful water supplies. Even today, demographic changes in Kansas are the result of water: scarcity connected to water-level declines in the Ogallala Aquifer is impacting depopulation in western Kansas, whereas some eastern Kansas counties, which are relatively water-rich, are gaining population. Recently the state government developed a 50-year water planning vision, identifying two major issues: reservoir sedimentation and the rapid drawdown of the Ogallala portion of the High Plains Aquifer in western Kansas. This presentation will highlight how water issues today define much about Kansans in the future, just as it always has.

Rice County Historical Society
105 W Lyon St
Lyons, KS 67554-2703
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Sponsored by: Rice County Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Charlene Akers
(620) 257-3941
Email
http://www.cqmuseum.org