Southwest District Office

The Southwest District Office (SWDO) serves a 25 county area encompassing 20,160 miles with a 2000 Census population of 185,663. This area is commonly referred to as the high plains. Limited surface water resources are present; however, groundwater resources (Ogallala aquifer) have historically been abundant and are relied upon exclusively for drinking water. SWD covers significant portions of 3 major river basins; Upper Arkansas, Lower Arkansas, and Cimarron. Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies are currently being developed in two of the three basins. This district is semiarid and largely agricultural in makeup with the notable exception of oil and gas production. Approximately 2/3 of the fed cattle and ½ of the hogs marketed along with ½ of the milk produced within Kansas originates from SWD. Over half of the state's regulated large feedlots (>1000 hd.) are sited within this region along with four of the state's five major packing plants. The majority of the counties (16) in the district operate municipal solid waste landfills and most small cities operate wastewater treatment systems that function without discharge to receiving streams. The SWDO is staffed with 11 environmental and administrative staff.

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Southwest District Map

Air Compliance

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of sources of air pollution. This unit is also responsible for the issuance of open burning exemptions and investigating complaints associated with ambient air contaminants.

Livestock Waste Management

This unit's primary responsibility is the inspection of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and the investigation of complaints associated with this type of activity. Personnel within this unit also provide a great deal of technical and compliance assistance during on-site visits allowing facilities to move toward or remain within compliance with existing regulations.


This unit is responsible for conducting compliance inspections at facilities containing underground storage tanks (UST), conducting subsurface assessments for the removal of USTs, responding to spills/releases of regulated substances, project management of contaminated sites, and complaint investigations.

Waste Management

District staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of permitted solid waste facilities, hazardous waste generators, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facilities. This unit also bears the responsibility of investigating complaints associated with solid or hazardous waste management.

Water Supply & Wastewater

District Staff in this unit perform compliance inspections of public water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities (NPDES), provide technical assistance to owners/operators of PWS and wastewater systems, responds and investigates sewage bypasses and fishkills, collect water samples from PWS and wastewater systems for compliance monitoring, attend and participate in various meetings with city and county officials, local health departments, and the general public, and assist in the training of Certified Operators.