Equus-Walnut Regional Advisory Committee

Map of Equus Walnut RAC Boundaries

Current Focus Area

Achieve and maintain sustainable balance of groundwater withdrawals with annual recharge in the Equus Beds Aquifer by 2020. Implement and maintain watershed protection activities to maintain regional reservoir storage capacity for an additional 100, and develop a plan to manage and mitigate areas of groundwater contamination.

Guiding Principles

The Equus-Walnut Regional Goal Leadership Team recognizes that education at all levels is the highest priority for long-term success. Proper and adequate funding for educational resources is essential to ensure success in achieving the water supply goals for this region. An overarching goal is that every Kansan in the region should know the water resources in the region, the dangers potentially impacting the resource, and the value of and the actions necessary to protect it. The Goal Leadership Team supports promoting good stewardship, conservation, and improved efficiency, balanced with economic growth, as tools towards achieving the goals of the region.

About the RAC

The Equus-Walnut RAC consists of members representing all water users, including public water supply, municipal, agricultural, industrial, and the public at large. Click here for a full list of Equus-Walnut Regional Advisory Committee Membership

The Equus-Walnut RAC is located in south-central Kansas and covers eleven counties. RAC members meet throughout the year to discuss the vital needs of the region, and to address water resource issues and what projects would most address those needs. The Equus-Walnut RAC has seven previously developed goals and action plans covering important issues which can be found in the complete Equus-Walnut Action Plan.  For recently approved goals and action plans by the Kansas Water Authority for inclusion within the draft State Water Plan for the Equus-Walnut and other regional planning areas please select here.  


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State of the Resource

This document is a tool to highlight the state of surface and groundwater resources within the Equus-Walnut Region as well as show progress on Vision/Regional Goal Action Plan implementation activities. Recent condition information is available for Cheney Reservoir and El Dorado Lake as well as Augusta City Lake, Santa Fe Lake, and Winfield City Lake.  Information regarding conditions of the Equus Beds Aquifer, the primary groundwater source within the region, is also available within the report. 

To learn more about the surface and groundwater resources of the Equus-Walnut Region please visit the State of the Resource page and view the report.

Regional Activities

Within the Equus-Walnut Region there are currently several activities taking place which are of note to the RAC.  These include initiation towards the development of a remediation project to address the Burrton chloride plume within the Equus Beds Aquifer, as well as watershed conservation practice implementation and the impacts this work has on reducing the sedimentation rates of reservoirs within the region. 

The RAC has also expressed interest in expansion of water technology farms within the region, including farms which evaluate various land management scenarios and effects on nutrients and sediment in adjacent and downstream surface water resources. 

Meeting Notes & Presentations

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