Refuge Water Management News

A sunset at Little Salt Marsh at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge basks the water in a deep blue hue

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation. 

Refuge water management news and updates will be posted on this web page as they become available. Information about past actions, updates, news, reference materials, and resources are provided below.

December 2019 Update: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Big Bend Groundwater Management District 5 Meet to Discuss Water Management

Staff from the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Denver Regional Office recently met with representatives from the Big Bend Groundwater Management District 5 No. 5 (District) to discuss future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation. The December 5 meeting at the refuge near Stafford, Kansas reaffirmed the Service’s commitment to working closely with partners, including the District, to find local, voluntary, collaborative and non-regulatory solutions to address water needs of surrounding communities, while also achieving the refuge’s wildlife conservation purposes. 

The meeting successfully established mutual understanding and shared perspectives between participants, paving the way for ongoing discussions and future collaboration between the Service and the District in 2020. Both the Service and the District committed to future meetings to delve into the technical aspects of water management. Future discussions could include using a range of options and will also include opportunities for additional partner and public involvement. 

For more information: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Big Bend Groundwater Management District 5 Meet to Discuss Water Management (Press release, December 19, 2019)



 

Additional Resources   

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) web page

Big Bend Groundwater Management District 5 (GMD5)
Proposed Local Enhanced Management Area ("LEMA") web page

Kansas Department of Agriculture
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Impairment web page
GMD5 Rattlesnake/Quivira LEMA web page
Division of Water Resources Updates