Of water resources in West-Central Kansas


Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 Annual Meeting 2024
February 28th, 2024, at the Western KS Child Advocacy Center
212 E. 5th St. Scott City KS 67871


10:00am – GMD1 Regular February Board Meeting (Public Welcome)

12:00pm – Lunch is Provided & Vendors are open.

1:00pm – 2024 Annual Meeting Begins

*Lane County and Wichita County Board Positions are up for re-election.*

Voting Criteria Reminders

For those who plan to attend and vote at the GMD 1 Annual Meeting, please note the following voter information ahead of the meeting:

1.     If you plan to vote in the election:

a.     Land-owning Individual: No advanced notice required, must certify in writing on election day of their eligibility to vote through land ownership.

b.     One Person, One Vote: No proxy voting will be allowed. A voter may only vote once, even if they qualify under multiple statuses.

c.     Capacity Representative: Anyone voting through a capacity status – a person voting by representing an entity, organization, or other capacity; must provide proof of eligibility to vote to the District office at least 5 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

d.     Mail Ballots: Mail ballots will not be accepted.

2.     If you plan to run for a seat on the board:

a.     Please notify the District Office at least 20 days prior to the Annual Meeting to ensure your name is on the ballot.

b.     Same-day write-ins will be allowed, for a land-owning individual and not a person representing an entity or otherwise requiring advanced notice under the Voting Policy.

Any questions on voting or voter policy can be directed to the Groundwater Management District #1 Office.

2023 Water Use Reporting is now OPEN

If you would like assistance filing your Water Use Report, please contact the District Office for an appointment.

  1. For your appointment, please bring the following:
  1. 2023 Beginning Meter Readings as of January 1st, 2023.
  2. 2023 Ending Meter Readings as of December 31st, 2023.
  3. Type of water meter and total digits of rolling/counting digits on the face of the meter.
  4. Need to know if your meter measures in gallons (X 10, X 100, x 1000, etc.
  5. Need to know if your meter measures in Acre Feet (1, .1, .01, .001, .0001 etc.

Lema Appeal

Effective January 2023 the Four County LEMA is currently active. If you received a letter in the mail and are requesting more information, please select from the links below.

Click here to download the LEMA Proposal (A full allocation list can be found beginning on page 17).

Click here to review the Step-By-Step Appeals Guide

Click here to review the Appeals Memo (This memo will help to identify how you may qualify for an appeal to the Four County LEMA)

Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 Annual Meeting 2023

February 28th 1 PM at the William Carpenter Building in Scott City Kansas
608 Fairground Rd. Scott City Kansas

Doors will open at 12 pm – Irrigation Technology Vendors and light lunch will be provided

GMD1’s voting criteria have been updated!

  1. Same-day registration is required.  GMD1 staff will have a list of eligible voters on-site for registration.
  2. One person – one vote
  3. At this time mail-in ballots are not allowed
  4. If you plan to vote for a Trust, Landlord, etc. please provide supporting documentation to the GMD1 District Office by February 23rd.

Our Mission

Across five counties and 1,118,200 acres, there are 2,805 permitted groundwater wells within the district pumping Ogallala aquifer water. The average annual usage has been approximately 300,000 acre-feet per year. Based on the amount of water in storage as well as the annual recharge, without any intervention, there is approximately 20 years of pumping left.

What We Do

Here at GMD1 we strive to provide community driven programs and policies that protect the local economy and enhance groundwater conservation.

& Overpumping

Waste Control
& Water Use



Monthly Highlight

NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING: The Second Four County LEMA Public Hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. central time on February 2nd, 2023 at the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, 212 E. 5th Street, Scott City, Kansas.

The chief engineer has also scheduled a prehearing conference to take place prior to the hearing. The prehearing conference will be held virtually via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. central time on January 18, 2023.

For more information click HERE

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