(Photo by John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey)Water in western Kansas, which is scarce in some areas, is in high demand for irrigation and other uses. Its allocation is often a source of conflict.
Commentator Rex Buchanan says that if the state's booming energy industry begins to take off in the western part of the state, conflicts involving water could become even more pronounced... because the connections between water and energy run deep.
Commentator Rex Buchanan is the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He's also a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio's Morning Edition.