Huffington Post - July 19th

Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday that changes in water management are helping Kansas farmers and communities navigate the intensifying drought.

The governor told The Associated Press before leaving for the second leg of his drought tour that he was encouraged by efforts by city officials and irrigators along the Smoky Hill River basin in central Kansas to manage water resources to meet competing needs.

In 2006, the city forced Kansas to shut down junior water rights holders' usage, hurting a lot of farmers in the basin, Brownback said. ... Click here to read more.