Smoky Hill-Saline Regional Advisory Committee

Map of Smoky Hill-Saline RAC Boundaries

Current Focus Area

Increase available water supply, water supply storage, and inter-connectivity among public water supplies within the Smoky Hill –Saline Planning Region. Reduce Sediment and total suspended solids (TSS) concentrations within the lakes and streams, and increase public water supply water use efficiency for suppliers within the region

About the RAC

RAC Planner: Diane Knowles - diane.knowles@kwo.ks.gov

The Smoky Hill-Saline RAC has members representing all water users in the region, including public water suppliers, agriculture, industry and commerce, conservation and environment, and irrigation. Click here to review a full list of Smoky Hill-Saline Regional Advisory Committee Membership.

The Smoky Hill-Saline RAC has four goals to address water supply issues throughout the region. Click here to read the full Smoky Hill-Saline Action Plan.


Smoky-Hill Original

Kanopolis Reservoir first filled in July 1948 and serves as flood control, water supply, irrigation and recreation for the region. The Lower Smoky Access District was formally incorporated in 2016. This allowed for the purchase of storage space in Kanopolis for use by the city of Salina and the Lower Smoky Hill River Irrigation District.

Quick Facts

Located in central Kansas, alluvial aquifers supply water for a good portion of the region.

  • Size: 7,240 sq miles
  • Precipitation: 22-33 inches yearly, W-E
  • Water Supply & Usage: Highest User - Irrigation 55%

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