Brownback showing leadership on water

Kansas faces long-term challenges relating to the supply and quality of water, especially in meeting the demands of the energy industry and agriculture. Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for hosting a Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas on Tuesday and Wednesday in Manhattan, featuring speakers including Sen. Pat Roberts and Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Among the key questions on the table – how to conserve and extend the Ogallala Aquifer. The governor has done good work on water policy so far in his term, this year repealing the 67-year-old “use-it-or-lose-it” policy. He and other state leaders will need to continue to be foresighted and collaborative to ensure Kansas has the water it needs far into the future.