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Identifying Information:L. 2001 ch. 225
Other Identifying Information:2001 House Concurrent Resolution 5009
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to address the conservation and preservation of the High Plains Aquifer.
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CHAPTER 225

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 5009


A Concurrent Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to address the

conservation and preservation of the High Plains Aquifer.

WHEREAS, The High Plains Aquifer is the most important water

resource in the eight-state High Plains Region, including Kansas; and

WHEREAS, Portions of the water tables of the High Plains Aquifer

in Kansas, particularly in the Ogallala region, have declined dramatically

over the past four decades; and

WHEREAS, The projected depletion of the High Plains Aquifer may

require the necessary transition to dryland farming for many areas of

Kansas; and

WHEREAS, The State is addressing the groundwater depletion

through conservation programs and new management approaches; and

WHEREAS, The federal farm program has a significant impact on

farmers' agricultural practices; and

WHEREAS, Some of the farm program costs to the government could

be transferred as incentives to the farmers to convert irrigated land to

dryland and other conservation actions; and

WHEREAS, Much of the western Kansas economy is based on irri-

gated agriculture, and assistance is needed to conserve and preserve the

High Plains Aquifer: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That the Legislature of the State of Kan-

sas urges the Congress of the United States to appropriate funds through

the federal farm program to assist states to conserve and preserve the

High Plains Aquifer consistent with the recommendation contained in

the Kansas Water Office Committee Report on Federal Actions Neces-

sary for the Conservation and Environmental Preservation of the High

Plains Aquifer dated October 27, 2000; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to send

enrolled copies of this resolution and the Committee Report to the Pres-

ident of the United States, George W. Bush; Senator Richard G. Lugar,

Chairman, United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition

and Forestry, Room 328A, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington,

D.C. 20510-6000; Representative Larry Combest, Chairman, United

States House Committee on Agriculture, 1301 House Office Building,

Washington, D.C. 20515; Senator Robert Smith, Chairman, United States

Senate Committee on Environment, 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building,

Washington, D.C. 20515; Representative James Hansen, Chairman,

United States House Committee on Resources, 1324 Longworth House

Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; The United States Secretary

of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman; and each member of the Kansas Con-

gressional Delegation.

Adopted by the House April 5, 1999.

Adopted by the Senate

March 29, 2000.


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Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001