Groundwater Management District No. 1

Welcome to the home page of Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1

The navigation bar above gives you access to information about the District, its operation and programs, and about water-related issues. Please feel free to contact us to make suggestions or ask questions. Check out our updated Calendar and Newsletter sites. Thanks for visiting our website!

latest news and information

GMD 1 Water Conservation Fund:

New 2018 Application Period for Cost Share on Moisture Probes and other Water Efficient Irrigation Technologies Open Now thru May 31, 2018.

Cost Share amounts increased on some technologies.

Moisture Probe Application (PDF)

Technology Application (PDF)

Moisture Probe Information and Installation videos

Current GMD #1 newsletter: The Waterline (PDF)

GMD Voter Eligibility Requirements
Water Conservation Areas

In April 2015, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill allowing for Water Conservation Areas (WCAs), a simple, streamlined and flexible tool that allows any water right owner or group of owners the opportunity to develop a management plan to reduce withdrawals in an effort to extend the usable life of the Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer.  Learn more about the Water Conservation Areas (PDF) or visit the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Water Conservation Area website.

LEMA Information

The current 2014 LEMA Proposal did not receive a majority of votes.  Additional LEMA meetings will be held in the Fall. 

LEMA Vote Results (PDF)
LEMA Proposal - 2014 (PDF)
Attachment A: Voluntary Vested Right Enrollment Consent Form (PDF).
Attachment B: Consolidated Well Unit Application Form (PDF)
Attachment C: LEMA Term Permit Application Form (Pending)
Attachment D: Project Term Permit Application Form (Pending)
Attachment E: Board Guidelines - Appeals, Specialized Programs & Nonuse (PDF)
LEMA County Meeting (PPT)
Water Use Correspondent Form (PDF)

over pumping regulations

Consequences of Over Pumping (PDF)

flow meter information

Wells in GMD #1 must have flowmeters instead of hour meters by January 1, 2014 or first use of water in 2014.  The following water flow meter list is for all types of uses, not just for irrigation wells.

Approved list of water flowmeters (PDF)
Flowmeter Rules and Regulations (PDF)
Meter Installation Information Sheet (PDF)
Meter Repair/Replacement Form (PDF)

If your flow meters have to be repaired or replaced, you must fill out a "Repair / Replacement Form" within 30 days of the flow meter being repaired or replaced.

Download the Meter Repair Form (PDF)

Send the form to:

Western Kansas GMD1
P.O. Box 604
Scott City, KS 67871


Division of Water Resources
2508 Johns Street
Garden City, KS. 67846-2804

multi-year flex account permits (MYFA)

Download the multi-year flex account permit - MYFA FORM (PDF).  The form is due October 1 of year you want the mutlt-year flex account to begin.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you have either this office or the DWR help you fill out this application.  Please call for an appointment: (620) 872-5563


Index Well Link:       Click Here

Domestic Well Permit (PDF)

Contact Information

Western Kansas Groundwater Management District
P.O. Box 604
Scott City, KS 67871
Line 1: (620) 872-5563
Line 2: (620) 872-7375
Fax: (620) 872-7315

Kyle Spencer, Manager

Valorie Rolfs, Admin Assistant

Kyle Spencer, Chief Pilot

Pat Ryan, Field Technician

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Board of Directors

Greg Graff, President
Wichita County Representative
Danny Welsh, Vice-President
Wallace County Representative
Robert Hoeme Jr., Secretary-Treasurer
Scott County Representative
Alan James, Member
Lane County Representative
Mark Cavenee, Member
Greeley County Representative