Water in Kansas: Past & Present
January 20, 2018, 3:00 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.
Water/Ways has been made possible in Kansas by the Kansas Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kansas Humanities Council's Friends of the Humanities, and the following partners: the Mariah Fund, the Sunflower Foundation, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, CCS Family Fund, Matfield Station, and Hall Commercial Printing.
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Junction City, KS 66441
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Sponsored by: Geary County Historical Society & Museums