Water Resources


From the center pivot irrigation systems on Kansas farmland, the fishing areas at our reservoirs and the drinking water coming out of a household tap, water is a natural resource that affects every resident of Kansas, regardless of age, occupation or zip code. K-State Research and Extension water research is focused on delivering science-based answers to questions on irrigation technologies, water conservation and water use and water quality in urban and rural areas of our state.

Kansas has a very diverse climate, with semi-arid swaths of land in the western part of the state, and humid areas in eastern Kansas. There is no “one-size-fits-all” research available for Kansas water, and we know that no one discipline can solve the issues our state faces when it comes to the topics of water use, water supply and water quality.


For this reason, K-State Research and Extension specialists take a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic of water: this includes large-scale research on water use and sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer at our Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers, the creation of partnerships between Extension specialists, industry leaders, state agencies and Kansas agriculturalists for on-farm research and one-on-one approaches with individual producers about best management practices for improving water quality on their land.



Below are helpful resources relating to water and natural resources. If you have specific questions, please reach out to one of our specialists or contact your local extension office.


Programs and Events

We offer a variety of learning opportunities and programs throughout the year. For more information on upcoming classes and events in your area, please contact your local extension office.


The Natural Resources Professional Focus Team offers virtual and in-person training events on a variety of topics related to water and other natural resources.


Learn more about how KCARE Extension Watershed Specialists work one-on-one with landowners and producers to protect and improve water quality in Kansas.