The Upper Arkansas River Corridor Study is a Kansas Water Plan project conducted for the Kansas Water Office.  Susan Stover coordinates the project work at the KWO.

Susan Stover
Environmental Scientist IV
Kansas Water Office
Mills Building
901 South Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS  66612-1249
Phone:  785 296-0876

Relevance to Fiscal Year 2002 Kansas Water Plan:
 Policy Section
  Water Quality
   Kansas Water Plan 2010 Objectives
By 2010, reduce the average concentration of bacteria, biochemical oxygen demand, dissolved solids, metals, nutrients,  pesticides and sediment that adversely affect the water quality of Kansas lakes and streams.
By 2010, reduce the average concentration of dissolved solids, metals, nitrates, pesticides and volatile organic chemicals that adversely affect the water quality of Kansas ground water.
By 2010, ensure that water-quality conditions are maintained at a level equal to or better than year 2000 conditions.
 Basin Section
  Upper Arkansas
   Management Categories
    FY 2002 Basin Priority #1:  Arkansas River Corridor (Subbasin Plan)
     Basin Objectives
      Water Quality
Enhance current efforts to document the fate and effects of contaminated Arkansas River flows on the alluvial, Ogallala, and Dakota aquifers in the valley.
      Ground Water Declines
Clearly establish the links between decreased flow in the Arkansas River, increased levels of water contamination in the alluvial, Ogallala, and Dakota aquifers, and lowered ground water tables.
     Status of Activities
      Water Quality
The Upper Arkansas River corridor study by the Kansas Geological Survey under contract with the Kansas Water Office, is characterizing the water quality within the river corridor with an emphasis on the distribution and migration of salinity and nitrate, and implications of saltwater migration on management strategies.  The goal of the study is to maintain the availability of freshwater supplies from the High Plains aquifer adjacent to the Arkansas River between the Colorado state line and Dodge City.
      Ground Water Declines
Ground water declines are being addressed by a variety of efforts.

Other cooperating agencies:

Division of Water Resources
The main cooperating agency is the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture.  The project has been conducted in cooperation with staff of the Subbasin Water Resources Management Program, in particular, in the Upper Arkansas River Subbasin.

Tina Alder
Director, Subbasin Water Resources Management Program
Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture
109 SW 9th St., 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS  66612-1283
Phone:  785-296-3705
Email:  TAlder@KDA.STATE.KS.US

Mark Rude
Water Commissioner, Garden City Field Office
Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture

2901 Johns St.
Garden City. KS  67846
Phone:  620-276-2901

The following agencies have assisted in sample collection, participated in technical advisory committee meetings, or have helped in providing data:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Allen Guernsey, District Environmental Administrator
Southwest District Office
Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment
302 W. McArtor Rd.
Dodge City, KS  67801-6098
Phone  620-225-0596

Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3
409 Campus Drive, Suite 106
P.O. Box 1156
Garden City, KS  67846
Phone:  620-275-7147

Southwest Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group
Diane Coe, Former Director
Now at the Kansas Water Office

Pesticide and Fertilizer Program, Kansas Department of Agriculture
Gary Meyer, Manager
Pesticide and Fertilizer Program
109 SW 9th Street, 3rd Floor
Topeka, KS 66612-1281
Phone:  785-296-3786
Field contact for chemigation in Upper Arkansas River corridor
Jerry Wilson, Environmental Scientist
Plainville, KS
Phone:  785-434-7592

KSU Southwest Research Extension Center
4500 East Mary Street
Garden City, KS  67846-9132
Phone:  620-276-8286
Irrigation at K-State Research and Extension

Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) in the Great Plains

 KSU Cooperative Extension Service, Southwest Area Office

Southwest Irrigation and Water Management
Mahbub Alam, Irrigation and Water Management Specialist
4500 East Mary St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone:  620-275-9164

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Region 3 Office
1001 McArtor Drive
Dodge City, KS 67801-6024
Phone:  620-227-8609

Kansas State Conservation Commission
Suite 500, Mills Bldg.
109 SW 9th Street
Topeka, KS  66612-1299
Phone:  (785) 296-3600

U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas District Office
4821 Quail Crest Place
Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone:  785-842-9909

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas Area Offices
Gary Begnoche
U.S. Department of Agriculture
NRCS Area VI Office
107 Layton
Dodge City, KS  67801-2498
Phone: 620-227-2392

Other links relevant to the project area or region

High Plains Aquifer Information Network

High Plains/Ogallala Aquifer Information
Project Managers, Donald Whittmore ( and Robert Buddemeier (
Kansas Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program
High Plains Regional Ground Water (HPGW) Study
Kevin Dennehy, NAWQA Project Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division
Box 25046, MS 415
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO  80225

Funded (in part) by The Kansas Water Plan.