Fighting for Farmers in the Bostwick Irrigation District

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Fighting for Farmers in the Bostwick Irrigation District

As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I had the opportunity to raise an important issue with the top official of the Army Corps of Engineers, R.D. James, during a hearing on water infrastructure legislation. I questioned Mr. James about the unrealistic financial burden placed on Kansas farmers due to the Corps’ incorrect categorization of a dam project for a Corps reservoir in Nebraska, which supplies water to an irrigation district in north central Kansas.

Because of the Corps’ mis-categorization of the dam safety project – deemed necessary by the Corps to prevent failure of the flood gates at the dam – roughly 300 Kansans in the Bostwick Irrigation District are being held responsible for paying $9 million more for this project than they should. At a time when average net farm income continues to decline, it is more important than ever that decisions made by federal agencies in D.C. do not impose an undue burden on the livelihoods of Kansans. I appreciated Mr. James’s candor during our exchange and will continue working with the Corps until this issue is resolved. Please click here to watch our full exchange.