Kansas Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Kansas’s dam safety program has 9.18 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 668.0 state regulated dams.
- Kansas has 230 high hazard dams.
- 81% of the state regulated dams in Kansas have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Kansas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $368,066.
- Kansas has reported $4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Kansas has 11 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Kansas has approximately 772 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Kansas has reported $3.2 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 141 public-use airports in Kansas.
- 2,658 of the 25,176 bridges in Kansas (10.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 1,959 of the 25,176 bridges in Kansas (7.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Kansas received $43.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Kansas has 120 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 32nd in the nation.
- Kansas’s ports handled 500,000 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 39th in the nation.
- Kansas has 14 freight railroads covering 4,891 miles across the state, ranking it 6th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Kansas motorists $646 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $319 per motorist.
- 62% of Kansas’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Kansas has 140,609 public road miles.
- Kansas’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,458 per capita, ranking it 21st in the nation.
- Kansas’s gas tax of 25 cents per gallon has not been increased in 9 years.
- Kansas has 7,671 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Kansas has reported an unmet need of $2.678 billion for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Kansas spent a total of $629 million on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Kansas schools have $4.6 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Kansas produces 3.473 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 33th.
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