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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Imagine a Day Without Water

Water affects us in so many different waysWe at KCARE do love our water: our researchers track it flowing through streams, measure it pushing through irrigation hoses and survey it saturating the soil. From aquifers to reservoirs and all the infrastructure inbetween, it's a big part of what we do. Of course, water is a constant in everyone's lives. It's something we often take for granted, and rarely have to do without.

It's hard to imagine a day without water, but on October 10, that's exactly what we're doing. KCARE is joining with a nationwide effort to think more about how this resource affects us – personally and professionally – and what our lives would like without it. We encourage everyone to do the same: stop and think about where your water comes from, and where it's going. How do you use it? What would your day look like without it?

Stay current with KCARE

The "Roll Out the Rain Barrel" project has built more than 6,500 barrels since 2006. This project is a partnership project among the city of Hays, Coca-Cola Enterprise, Inc., Ellis and Ellsworth County Conservation Districts, the Smoky Hill River Kanopolis Lake Watershed, Gleichsner and the FHSU Ag Department, Ellis County K-State Research & Extension (now the Cottonwood District), KSU Ag Research Center and Ellis County Master Gardeners. It was featured in an article from the Hays Post. 

Two people work to build new rain barrels in Hays, KS

Read more about other projects in issues of our KCARE newsletter, KCARE Research Today.

Partner with us!

Kansas State University established KCARE in order to coordinate and enhance the research, extension, and teaching activities that focus on environmental issues relating to agriculture. KCARE supports research spanning multiple departments and disciplines: soil science, smoke management, cropping systems, water quality and irrigation, fertilizer research, and climate studies.

purple KCARE logoAlthough the core mission for us remains the same, our look is starting to change. As a part of this, we are excited to share with our updated KCARE logo. This design encompasses the connection between agriculture and the environment which is at the heart of KCARE. It is our privilege and pleasure to work with research and extension faculty, students, and members of our community to explore new ways to create quality solutions for the environmental issues our state faces now and into the future. Through our partnerships, we are helping Kansas agriculture remain successful and sustainable.

Copies of the KCARE logo are available for interested stakeholders. Possible uses include as a link to the KCARE website on personal or departmental webpages, or on brochures or handouts including KCARE-supported research. Contact KCARE for more information.


Contact Us

Kansas Center for Agricultural
Resources and the Environment
Daniel L. Devlin, Ph.D., Director
44 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4008
(785) 532-0393 Office
(785) 532-9351 Cell



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