Meeting Planned to Discuss Water Issues in Upper Republican River Basin


MANHATTAN, Kan. — State water officials will host an informational meeting and forum for water users and others interested in Republican River Basin issues, including options for Bonny Reservoir and how to best invest in the basin’s water resources. The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct.2, 2018, at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds on N. College Street, St. Francis, Kansas.

Representatives from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Water Office will discuss how to best invest $2 million in the basin’s water resources and share information about the options for the future of Bonny Reservoir. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input to state water officials about how to best serve your community.

For more information on the meeting, please contact Chris Beightel at the KDA Division of Water Resources, at 785-564-6659 or To read more about the Republican River Compact, go to

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.