Kansas Water Authority

The Kansas Water Authority was established in 1981 within and as part of the Kansas Water Office. The KWA provides the leadership to ensure that water policies and programs address the needs of all Kansans. 

The KWA consists of 13 voting members who are appointed by the Governor or Legislative leadership. The remaining serve as ex-officio members. KWA is statutorily within and a part of the KWO. The KWA is responsible for advising the Governor, Legislature and Director of the Kansas Water Office on water policy issues and for approving the Kansas Water Plan, federal contracts, administration regulations and legislation proposed by the KWO. The KWA provides the leadership to ensure that water policies and programs address the needs of all Kansans.

2019 Kansas Water Authority Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature


Kansas Water Authority Responsibilities

As defined in Kansas Statute 74-2622, the responsibilities of the KWA are:

Meet the Members

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Member Bios

Chair Connie Owen

Mike Armstrong

John Bailey

Mark Fischer

Carolyn McGinn

Member Bios

Randy Hayzlett

Alan King

Chris Ladwig

Greg Graff

Member Bios

David Stroberg

Ted Nighswonger

Dennis Schwartz

Jeremiah Hobbs

Kansas Water Authority Ex Officio Members

David Barfield
Division of Water Resources
KS Dept. of Agriculture

Brad Loveless
KS Dept. Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

Mike Beam
KS Dept. of Agriculture


Ernie Minton
Ag Experiment Station
KS State University

David Toland
KS Dept. of Commerce

Earl Lewis
KS Water Office


Rob Reschke
Division of Conservation
KS Dept. of Agriculture

Sara Baer
KS Biological Survey

Dwight Keen
KS Corporation Commission

Leo Henning
KS Dept. of Health & Environment

Rolfe Mandel
KS Geological Survey


KWA Meeting Materials

Upcoming Meetings

Kansas Water Authority Meeting - Work Session

August 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Venue

Kansas Water Office
GoTo Meeting/Conference Call

Upcoming Meetings

Kansas Water Authority Meeting

September 3-4, 2019
Goodland, KS

Meeting Venue

Northwest Kansas Technical College
1209 Harrison St
Goodland, KS

Previous KWA Meeting Materials

Previous KWA Meeting Minutes

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