ABOUT THE KANSAS WATER CONGRESS
The Kansas Water Congress was established in 2002 to seek common ground and provide an independent forum to help further the wise management and stewardship of the State's water resources.
The Kansas Water Congress is modeled after the Colorado Water Congress, which was established in 1958 due to significant differences between the East slope and West slope, agricultural, and municipal interests, has been significantly successful in facilitating consensus and influencing state legislation.
The mission of the Kansas Water Congress is to promote the wise management and stewardship of the State's water resources and to protect, conserve, and develop Kansas Water resources for the benefit of Kansas' present and future generations.
The Kansas Water Congress is a not-for profit, fee funded entity separate and distinct from existing state agencies, associations, other organizations and direct political affiliation.
In support of the mission the Congress seeks to:
Provide a forum where the water users strive to reach consensus on water issues;
• Advocate positions on water policy;
• Promote and advocate interactions between water related state agencies, water districts and facilitate cooperation and efficiency in this process;
• Provide education and information on water issues affecting Kansas;
• Promote a broad base of membership, which would include both sustaining and individual members representing a diversified base of water interests and users.
The budget is primarily fueled by funds generated by annual membership fees, both individual and sustaining, educational/informational seminars and workshops, along with acceptable non-encumbered contributions for initial startup costs and organization.
Membership fees are broken down on the basis of individual, municipal, agricultural, industrial, state agency and consumer. Both individual and sustaining membership will be represented in 29 divisions across the State.