Governor Announces Appointment To Kansas Water Authority

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Governor Laura Kelly appointed Dr. Jean Steiner, Manhattan, to the Kansas Water Authority.

The water authority advises the governor, the Legislature and the director of the Kansas Water Office (KWO) on water policy issues — including the approval of the Kansas Water Plan and revisions, federal contracts, administration regulations and legislation proposed by the KWO.

“The water authority relies on members with a strong knowledge of water-related issues in Kansas,” Kelly said. “Dr. Steiner’s career and significant scientific knowledge of agronomy, soil sciences and water conservation in Kansas as well as her experiences in other states make her an ideal appointee for the Kansas Water Authority.”

Steiner is an adjunct professor at Kansas State University. Steiner received a Ph.D. from K-State in agronomy and agroclimatology, and a degree in geology from Cornell College. She is the former director of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grazinglands Research Lab in Oklahoma, former center director at USDA ARS in Georgia, former senior science coordinator in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at New Mexico State University, as well as a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Sciences Society of America, Soil and Water Conservation Society and American Society for the Advancement of Science.

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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 2021 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.