When it comes to H2O, a Kansas youth organization recognizes the importance of educating the next generation. On March 23- 24, 14 students will learn about the importance of water advocacy and the water issues that face the state of Kansas, with an emphasis on Western Kansas. The Kansas Youth Water Advocates, a group started by Southwest Kansas FFA District Treasurer, Grace Roth from Holcomb, will host the conference for youth at the Heritage Inn in Garden City.
The conference will give students in Southwest Kansas the ability to learn about water issues, water conservation, the Ogallala Aquifer, and so much more about Western Kansas water. A previous conference was conducted this past summer at Kansas State University in Manhattan,Kansas.
Water is an issue that isn’t limited to southwest Kansas, it is an issue that affects all 105 counties in the state of Kansas. The conference will educate students on issues and will expose them to the most up to date research and data from the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Geological Survey, The University of Kansas, Colorado State University, and Kansas State University. The conference will bring students and industry leaders alike to work on proper ways to advocate through training and topic knowledge. As the Kansas Youth Water Advocates point out someone once said “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.”
The conference is also being conducted with the help of the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Farm Bureau, Finney County Farm Bureau, Kansas Research and Extension, Roth Farms, Kansas State FFA, and Kansas State University.