"This conference draws a mix of people from many walks of life - state and federal agencies, universities, nonprofits, GMDs, WRAPS groups, cities, municipalities, and others who share an interest, responsibility or concern for water.  It is always a very interesting meeting, due to the diversity of attendees."

GMD refers to the groundwater management district and WRAPS refers to watershed restoration and protection strategy.

Presentations at the conference will focus on an array of topics, including a national perspective on sustainability; an overall look at the state´s economy; watershed sedimentation; increasing effective action; water quality issues in Kansas; the national agenda for improving water quality and states´ roles; best management practices; no-till practices in agriculture; the status of Kansas reservoirs and others.

An early registration fee of $65 per person is due by Oct. 12. Registration includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. The fee after Oct. 12 is $90. Students may attend the conference for a fee of $25. Conference planners encourage early registration for meal planning purposes.

More information, including online registration, is available online at

www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/waterfuture or by contacting the conference office at 785-532-5575 or 1-800-622-2578, or e-mail debbieh@k-state.edu.