Early next year, the Kansas Legislature will hear results of the Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative now under way in Marshall County and a handful of other counties in Kansas. The state has targeted four watersheds with $900,000 in funding issued late this summer for landowners to plant cover crops and practice no-till farming.

The result should be better retention of moisture, less wind erosion of the soil and prevention of soil, fertilizer and chemical runoff during times of heavy rain. This appears a good investment for the state, and the Legislature should continue to fund the project if it progresses well.