Evaluating changes in reservoir operations to manage and increase water supply within the Region.
The Verdigris RAC has 9 members representing the following categories of water users: WRAPS, agriculture, industry and commerce, conservation and environment, public water supply, and the general public. Click here to review the full Verdigris Regional Advisory Committee Membership.
The Verdigris Region is located in the southeast area of Kansas covering all or parts of 11 counties. RAC members meet throughout the year to discuss the vital needs of the region to address water resource issues and what projects would most address those needs.
The Verdigris RAC has previously completed action plans for three goals addressing water supply issues in the region. Click here to read the full Verdigris Action Plan. For recently approved goals and action plans by the Kansas Water Authority for inclusion within the draft State Water Plan for the Verdigris and other regional planning areas please select here.
The Verdigris Region has four federal reservoirs, including the most recently built reservoir that is part of the Water Marketing Program, Big Hill Lake. There are many recreational opportunities in the region, and the region is also known to provide habitat for several species of threatened and endangered mussels.
This document is a tool to show the ongoing activities and progress towards regional goals and The Vision. For the Verdigris Regional Planning Area it indicates the need to reduce sedimentation, prolong water supply storage, and reduce drought vulnerability. Strategies for quantifying demand, reducing sedimentation, and evaluating potential sites to construct watershed dams are vital components of the RACs action plans to ensure safe and reliable access to water.
To learn more about the resources and management efforts, visit the State of the Resource page and view the report.