Groundwater Management District No. 1

Welcome to the home page of Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1

The navigation bar above gives you access to information about the District, its operation and programs, and about water-related issues. Please feel free to contact us to make suggestions or ask questions. Check out our updated Calendar and Newsletter sites. Thanks for visiting our website!

latest news and information

Pre – Hearing Order for the Wichita County Lema – Second Public Hearing (PDF)

Kansas Division of Water Resources Initial Wichita County Lema Hearing – Findings & Order (PDF)

Revised Wichita County LEMA proposal and proposed allocations - Go to the LEMA page

Learn More about Water Technology Farms

GMD 1 Water Conservation Program:

Cost Share Application Period: OPEN

Moisture Probe Application (PDF)

Technology Application (PDF)

Moisture Probe Information and Installation videos

Current GMD #1 newsletter: The Waterline (PDF)

New GMD1 Election Policy & Voter Registration Form
Water Conservation Areas

In April 2015, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill allowing for Water Conservation Areas (WCAs), a simple, streamlined and flexible tool that allows any water right owner or group of owners the opportunity to develop a management plan to reduce withdrawals in an effort to extend the usable life of the Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer.  Learn more about the Water Conservation Areas (PDF) or visit the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Water Conservation Area website.

over pumping regulations

Consequences of Over Pumping (PDF)

flow meter information

Wells in GMD #1 must have flowmeters instead of hour meters by January 1, 2014 or first use of water in 2014.  The following water flow meter list is for all types of uses, not just for irrigation wells.

Approved list of water flowmeters (PDF)
Flowmeter Rules and Regulations (PDF)
Meter Installation Information Sheet (PDF)

If your flow meters have to be repaired or replaced, you must fill out a "Repair / Replacement Form" within 30 days of the flow meter being repaired or replaced.

Download the Meter Repair Form (PDF)

Send the form to:

Western Kansas GMD1
P.O. Box 604
Scott City, KS 67871


Division of Water Resources
4532 W. Jones Ave. Suite B
Garden City, KS. 67846

multi-year flex account permits (MYFA)

Download the multi-year flex account permit - MYFA FORM (PDF).  The form is due December 31 of year you want the mutlt-year flex account to begin.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you have either this office or the DWR help you fill out this application.  Please call for an appointment: (620) 872-5563


Index Well Link:       Click Here

Contact Information

Western Kansas Groundwater Management District
906 W. 5th
P.O. Box 604
Scott City, KS 67871
Line 1: (620) 872-5563
Line 2: (620) 872-7375
Fax: (620) 872-7315

Kyle Spencer, Manager

Maggie Morrison, Admin Assistant

Kyle Spencer, Chief Pilot

Pat Ryan, Field Technician


Board of Directors

Greg Graff, President
Wichita County Representative
Mark Callender, Vice - President
Lane County Representative
Robert Hoeme Jr., Secretary-Treasurer
Scott County Representative

Ray Smith, Member
Wallace County Representative
Travis Weaver, Member
Greeley County Representative