Stakeholders in water usage and protection regarding the Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer from eight states will convene in Garden City next week to look to the future.
The summit will take place at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center. Registration costs $60, which includes lunch and a drink ticket. The registration deadline is Thursday.
Colorado State University’s Ogallala CAP Project organized the Ogallala Aquifer Summit, which consists of two, half-day sessions Monday and Tuesday. The goal of the summit is to bring together stakeholders from the eight states pulling from the aquifer to discuss interstate cooperation, conservation, policy creation and more.
“We really want to foster the conversation between the different types of stakeholders to look at what states are doing, and how they can work together,” said Ogallala Water CAP Project Manager Amy Kremen.
The summit will bring together producers, policy makers, conservationists, tribal leaders and more to share current policies and procedures, new discoveries and scientific data.
Kansas speakers at the summit include Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources Director Dan Devlin. Kansas farmers and representatives from the Kansas Water Office and the Office of Congressman Roger Marshall will also be in attendance.
Kremen said anyone who is a decision maker on water use from any of the eight states — Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas — should attend.
“We’ll start by looking at producer procedures and move toward policymaking,” Kremen said. “But we’re using ‘policy’ pretty loosely to mean looking at how to organize ourselves across state lines.”
The summit begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday and continues until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a social the evening Monday.
Refreshments will be served throughout the meeting. For information on registration, go to www.ogallalawater.org or call (970) 491-5788.