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Water Woes in Western Kansas May Foreshadow Future

This roadside sign stands on the western edge of Kinsley, Kansas.  Many residents here don't like the idea of outside communities, like Hays, siphoning water away from Edwards County. (Photo by J. Schafer)

In the science fiction movie Water World, the big problem in the future is too much water... and a lack of land. The problem in western Kansas is just the opposite: not enough water to go around. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us about the controversial way two communities out west are tackling their own water woes.  


Commentator Rex Buchanan is director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey. He's also helped measure water levels in western Kansas for the Survey for more than 20 years. He lives in Lawrence.

 

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