Welcome to the 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Summit resource page!

We are currently condensing information gathered at the 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Summit, which took place April 9-​10 in Garden City. Summit participants provided tremendous input during the Summit’s interactive workshop sessions, Q&A periods, and during the evening social event that featured Kansas’ Water Technology Farms. As they are completed, we will add more materials and info from the Summit to this page.

Summit agenda | Key takeaway ideas from the Summit 

We are also drafting up a report that will summarize ideas and input shared during the Summit. This report will include a section on “next steps” needed to continue the momentum generated at the Summit.

In addition to the media posted below, we welcome you to view the nine white papers (one from each Ogallala state, plus a paper on crop insurance) put together as informative background material for the Summit. 

Media coverage of the Summit: 

Article and video (AgView​.net): More Than 200 Come Together To Discuss Ogallala Aquifer In Garden City

Article by Pat Melgares, K-​State Research and Extension

Garden City Telegram (Mark Minton) Day 1 (April 9): A common cause Day 2 (April 10): Youth take charge at aquifer summit

High Plains Journal (Jennifer M. Latzke): Stakeholders gather for first Ogallala Aquifer Summit

No-​Till Farmer (John Dobberstein) Ogallala Aquifer Summit a First Step — But What’s Next?

Hutch News (Chance Hoener/​Kansas Agland): The state(s) of our water: Eight states over the Ogallala come together for first Ogallala Water Summit

Nebraska Farmer (Ty Harris/​Farm Progress Daily): Panel discusses aquifer-​wide challenges, achievements

Southwest Farm Press (Ty Harris): Aquifer viability: What’s the next step? Irrigators discuss options for extending the long-​term viability of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Conservation Matters/​Texas Water Resources Institute (guest author Amy Kremen): Ogallala Water Summit gathers stakeholders to work on next steps to sustain aquifer

Many thanks to Richard Rockel (Kansas Water Office) for filming and posting these videos from the Summit!

Summit Welcome: Lt. Governor Tracey Mann (KS)
Call for action on water conservation: Grace Roth (KS Youth Water Advocate)
Summit Introductory Keynote: Robert Mace (TX) 

From the Great American Desert to the Great American Breadbasket: Managing Groundwater in the High Plains Aquifer

Producer panel: Water-​wise strategies for sustainable production
  • Tom Jones (cattle, Montezuma, KS)
  • Roric Paulman (crops, Sutherland, NE)
  • Kyle Averhoff (dairy, Garden City, KS)
  • Darren Buck (crops, KS & OK)
  • R.N Hopper (crops, Petersburg, TX)
  • Ronnie Hopper (crops, Petersburg, TX)
Science panel: Science and data in action
  • Jim Butler (KU- KS Geological Survey)
  • Daran Rudnick (UNL)
  • Jourdan Bell (TX A&M)
  • Saleh Taghvaeian (OK State Univ.)
  • Dave Brauer (USDA-​ARS)
  • Jim Dobrowolski (USDA-​NIFA)
Policy Panel: What’s working and new developments
  • Rebecca Davis (Topeka, KS Risk Management Agency)
  • Syed Huq (Water Resources Director, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD)
  • Rod Lenz (Water Preservation Partnership and Republican River Water Conservation District, CO)
  • Ray Luhman (Groundwater Management District 4, northwest KS)
  • Steven Walthour (North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, TX)