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 Trust.
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 http://www.mo-rast.org/
A couple of articles regarding David Pope and Kansas Water Policy are available at the following links: