U.S. Senate approves funding for Equus beds, KU cancer equipment

Kansas’ two senators were celebrating today following Senate passage of an energy and water appropriations bill containing $4 million to buy cancer research equipment for the University of Kansas.

The bill also contained a number of appropriations for continuing water projects, including $2 million for recharging groundwater in the Equus beds aquifer, the primary source of water for Wichita.

The $4 million for KU will come through the Department of Energy Office of Science and assist the university in its effort to earn a National Institute of Health cancer center designation.

“I’m fully committed to KU’s effort as it will lead to better treatment for cancer patients and increased economic opportunities for our state,” Sen. Sam Brownback said in a statement.

Sen. Pat Roberts said the bill overall “contains millions of dollars for improvements to our daily way of life.

“This bill contains projects that will make critical investments in our Kansas lakes, streams and rivers for recreation, drinking water and flood control,” he said in a statement.

Among the expenditures approved for south central Kansas:

–$405,000 for the Wichita Project-Cheney Lake, which provides some of Wichita’s drinking water along with fish and wildlife and flood-control benefits.

–$786,000 for maintenance and operations at El Dorado Lake.

– $1.8 million for maintenance and operations at Marion Lake.

In addition to Kansas-specific projects, the bill includes $60 million for the Missouri River Fish Mitigation Project to preserve and restore habitats in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana.

The water and energy appropriations passed the Senate 85-9 Wednesday night.