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 May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.