Right in the middle of Kansas—Great Bend—residents want tougher rules for solar farms.
Many residents of Barton County, once an oil hot-spot half a century ago, want protection of their popular Cheyenne Bottoms wildlife area from construction of solar farms.
Cheyenne Bottoms is a nearly 60-square mile natural geologic depression that is the largest marsh in the interior of the U.S. and was designated a Wetland of International Importance in 1988 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The area is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. Approximately 45 percent of the North American shorebird population stops at the Bottoms during spring migration.
This week, Barton County Commissioners voted to send a zoning change to the planning commission that would have required any solar farm to be 6 miles from Cheyenne Bottoms reported KAKE TV News.
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