Watershed Land Trust, Inc.
The WLT is pleased to announce the addition of David Pope, former Chief Engineer for the Division of
Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture, to the Board of Directors for the Watershed Land

David comes to the position with a long history of involvement in water and natural resources related
experience. In his former employment with the State of Kansas, he represented four different Governors
on water issues, and served as President of the Missouri River Basin Association. Mr. Pope holds BS
and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University, where he specialized in
irrigation and water resources engineering. He is a registered professional engineer. He spent most of
his professional career working for the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture,
where he served as Chief Engineer and Director for the last 24 years. In that capacity, he administered
laws related to the conservation, management, use and control of water and watercourses, and was
extensively involved in interstate water matters through river compacts and other organizations. Prior to
that, he working as Extension Irrigation Engineer with Kansas State University and as Manager of the
Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District in Garden City, Kansas. In 2007, David retired
from state service and began providing consulting services related to water and natural resources,
through Pope Consulting, LLC. His primary client is the Missouri River Association of States and Tribes
(MoRAST), where David serves as Executive Director. He provides administrative support for MoRAST
and helps carry out its programs and the policies of the board of directors.  For more information on
MoRast see

A couple of articles regarding David Pope and Kansas Water Policy are available at the following links:

David Pope-Hays and Ellis County Article

David Pope- Associated Press KICKAPOO INDIAN RESERVATION Article

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Watershed Land Trust

Frank Austenfeld, J.D.
Executive Director
7211 W. 98th Terr.
Ste. 140
Overland Park, KS 66212