A call to action from the Kansas governor and approval of a constitutional amendment in Texas has brought water conservation to the forefront in two of the nation’s top agricultural states that have dealt with severe drought in recent years.

At the second annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback called on the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Water Authority to join forces with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other groups over the next 12 months to develop a 50-year vision for water in Kansas. Articulating a sense of urgency, Governor Brownback said his state has been reminded of the importance of water with a third consecutive year of drought in portions of Kansas.