After decades of study, research, and planning, Hays and Russell, Kansas, are a huge step closer to finally obtaining an adequate and dependable water supply. On Thursday, January 7, 2016, Hays and Russell filed an application to transfer up to 7,625.5 acre-feet of water from their R9 Ranch in Edwards County for their municipal use.
The Cities purchased the R9 Ranch, including its 30 irrigation water rights, in 1995 in order to transfer water to Hays and Russell. As the only feasible long-term water source available to the Cities, approval of the transfer will provide the Cities, and potentially other water suppliers in the region, with a drought-proof water supply.
(Read more: Hays Post)