Water Legacy Award & "Be the Vision"

The Water Legacy Award recipient is selected based on significant contributions and lasting impacts on the future of water in the state. Past recipients of the award include Wayne Bossert in 2015, Joe Harkins in 2016, and most recently, Pat Sauble in 2017.  

“Be the Vision” recipients, which can be individuals, municipalities, companies or organizations, are selected as an entity or individual taking extraordinary measures to conserve, reuse or adopt better practices to help ensure the future of our state’s water resources.

Nomination forms for both of these awards are now available. To nominate an individual please choose from the forms below. Please email your nomination form to kwo-info@kwo.ks.gov by the deadline of October 12, 2018.

Water Legacy Nomination Form
Be the Vision Nomination Form

Water Legacy Award


The 2017 Water Legacy Award winner was Pat Sauble, who has been an influential and steady voice for water conservation in Kansas for a majority of his 96 years.

Among many honorable accomplishments, Pat Sauble was recognized for helping establish the Kansas Watershed Association and served as the first president and also served as director of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts for many years.

Sauble also represented Kansas on the national level for resource management on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee.


Previous Water Legacy Award Recipients

2017 Water Legacy Award Recipient, Pat Sauble

2017 Water Legacy Award Recipient, Pat Sauble

Photo of Wayne Bossert

2015 Water Legacy Award Recipient, Wayne Bossert

Photo of Joe Harkins

2016 Water Legacy Award Recipient, Joe Harkins

"Be the Vision"



2017 "Be the Vision" Recipients

City of Wichita
Lower Smoky Access District
Wichita County Water Conservation Area

The Roth Family


Be the Vision Award Winners

2016 "Be the Vision" Recipients

To view an interactive map of the 2017 "Be the Vision" Recipients, click the image below:


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