Green Biz group offers session on area’s drought

Green Biz Wichita will host a seminar to help businesses cope with drought.

The event, which includes breakfast, will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 26 at the Ambassador Hotel, at the corner of Broadway and Douglas downtown.

Wichita city representatives will offer a presentation on how they are monitoring the current drought and policies being adopted to cope with it.

“The drought affects everyone,” said Dixie Larson, chairman of Green Biz Wichita’s executive committee. “We wanted to make sure businesses had the latest information about policies and conservation.”

Ben Nelson, Strategic Services manager for the city’s Public Works and Utilities department, and Kay Drennen from the Wichita Water Conservation Office will lead the discussion.

According to the city, the Wichita region is in the third year of a drought, and it’s unclear when the drought will end.

The city has been considering a number of steps, including higher water rates and penalties for high usage, to address the situation.

Tickets for the June 26 session are $10 for members of Green Biz Wichita, $15 for non-members and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Green Biz website,