Photo: Bill Johnson/Kansas Geological Survey
Last Thursday (Feb. 16), the House Committee on Water pass HB 2302 favorably out of committee. HB 2302 would drastically increase the funding of the State Water Plan Fund and provide much needed to support to a long recognized issue. Members of the committee were very optimistic about the bill's chances and its impact on the long-term water outlook of the state.
Kansans for Conservation provided proponent written testimony outlining the need for the increased funding as well as the fundamental benefits that water conservation has for all other realms of conservation, including agriculture, wildlife, and recreation. You can read the coalition's testimony here. Many members of the coalition submitted their individual proponent testimony in addition to the coalition's, including Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, Ducks Unlimited, and The Nature Conservancy.
Kansans for Conservation is preparing to support HB 2302 in the Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources, where it is expected to land once it passes the House Committee of the Whole.