Water Research Coordination Workgroup

The Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas and the regional advisory committee action plan identify several research areas necessary to implement Vision action items.

In an effort to promote state-wide collaboration and support of the research needs identified, a workgroup comprised of members throughout the state involved with ongoing research activities tied to water supply and water quality issues in Kansas was convened.

The purpose of the workgroup is to promote communication; support university research studies that, when possible, also benefit Kansas water issue knowledge; and provide opportunities for university researchers and participating agencies to collaborate in research efforts.

Current Updates

The Kansas Water Research Coordination Workgroup met several times in 2017 to identify research areas on which to focus efforts. Three broad research categories were defined and the top three areas of focus were selected for prioritization.

  • Ogallala-High Plains/Groundwater Depletion
  • Reservoir Sedimentation/Loss of Storage
  • Water Quality

The areas that have been addressed first include streambank stabilization effectiveness, irrigation and crop genetics research and harmful algal blooms (HABs). Small research coordination teams focusing on each of these areas have been convened to meet and discuss the needs for future research.


Ultimately, the objective of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for subject matter experts to work together to identify gaps in the research and existing data, determine what is needed to fill those gaps, foster better collaboration among the state’s institutions, and maximize funding opportunities.

Project Manager

Cara Hendricks

E-Newsletter: Research on Tap

In conjunction with the Water Research Coordination Group, the Kansas Water Office has created a Water Research Email Newsletter called Research on Tap. This is a quarterly, email newsletter intended to keep water research entities aware of on-going water related research projects within Kansas.

To sign up to receive these emails directly, please fill out the form that is linked to the right. You will be added to the recipient list and begin receiving the e-newsletter at the next quarterly send out. 

Previous E-Newsletters

2019 Research on Tap

Research on Tap E-Newsletter

Research on Tap E-News for Jan 29, 2019

On-going Research

This list contains current or ongoing water related research. When available, information pertaining to the project will be listed and contact information provided. 

Research Coordination Projects

Effectiveness of Streambank Stabilization Projects
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Mitigation Experiments
Irrigation and Crop Research

Have a research project that you would like added to the above list? Please email Katie Goff at Katie.goff@kwo.ks.gov

Please include: first and last name, email address, phone number, organization affiliated with, funding source and year funded, along with the title and synopsis of your research project, and a website or link to additional information if available. Note: When submitting synopsis, please keep it to 125 words or less. 

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