Kan. Admin. Regs. § 11-1-7 - Allocation of water resources cost-share program funding
Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 39, September 30, 2021
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11-1-7. Allocation of water resources cost-share program funding. (a) Appropriation for the water resources cost-share program may be used for financial assistance to construct conservation and water quality practices or to contract for technical expertise, with specific allocations for each recommended annually by the commission and approved by the governor and legislature.
(b) The allocation of WRCSP funds shall be made by the commission on or after July 1 to districts or other entities receiving funds.
(c) Appropriated funds for cost-share assistance shall be allocated to districts under three accounts:
(1) The district needs allocation (DNA) shall represent a portion of the total WRCSP appropriation and shall be allocated to all districts. The total amount of the appropriation dedicated to the DNA shall be recommended by the commission and shall be subject to approval by the governor and legislature. The DNA may be used for eligible conservation and water quality improvement practices as determined by the conservation districts. The approved DNA shall be allocated to districts based on the following criteria:
(A) Non-federal rural acres: one point for each 100,000 acres, with a maximum point total of eight;
(B) water quality: ranging from one point for districts in low sedimentation areas up to eight points for districts in high sedimentation areas; and
(C) water quantity: ranging from one point for districts in areas of high rainfall and significant surface water storage up to eight points for districts in areas of low rainfall, limited surface water storage, and depleting groundwater supplies.
(2) The water quality (WQ) or total maximum daily load (TMDL) allocation shall represent a portion of the balance of the appropriation remaining after the DNA is deducted. WQ or TMDL funds may be allocated by the commission to districts if the following requirements are met:
(A) The WQ allocation shall be used only in targeted areas identified by the state water plan and commission for eligible practices that address sedimentation, nutrient and pesticide runoff, and bacteria from livestock waste.
(B) The TMDL allocation shall be utilized in the identified watersheds for only those practices that address the impairment for which the TMDL was established.
(3) The annual irrigation initiative allocation (IIA) shall be made by the commission in accordance with the following criteria:
(A) The amount remaining after the DNA and WQ allocation are deducted;
(B) commission-developed targeting criteria based on irrigation water use in areas of major groundwater decline;
(C) state water plan priority areas;
(D) other priority areas with declining groundwater supplies as identified by the governor, legislature, agencies, groundwater management and conservation districts; and
(E) any other criteria determined by the commission to meet the water resource goals and objectives of the state. (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 2-1915; effective, T-88-18, July 1, 1987; effective May 1, 1988; amended Aug. 23, 2002.)