Division of Water Resources

Chief Engineer David BarfieldDavid W. Barfield, P.E. - Chief Engineer

The Division of Water Resources administers 30 laws and responsibilities including the Kansas Water Appropriation Act which governs how water is allocated and used; statutes regulating the construction of dams, levees and other changes to streams; the state's four interstate river compacts; as well as coordinating the national flood insurance program in Kansas. 

Minimum Desirable Streamflow is being administered on the Republican River above Clay Center, the Saline River above Russell, the Smoky Hill River above Ellsworth, the Solomon River above Niles.

DWR Approved Meter List: Current list of approved water flowmeters, forms and instructions

Annual water use can now be filed online to comply with the water use reporting requirements of the Kansas Water Appropriation Act. You will need the PIN and Person ID which were included on the report form mailed in January.

House Bill 2363 includes several amendments to water structures permit requirements.  Dams, stream obstructions, channel changes and floodplain fill projects are all affected by these changes. A guidance document implements those changes and resolves conflicts within current adopted regulations.

Additional information regarding the Sheridan-Thomas County Local Enhanced Management Area (Sheridan 6 LEMA).