Division of Water Resources

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.

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Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet September 17

The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will conduct a special, informational meeting regarding proposed irrigation developments between Lamar, Colorado, and the Colorado-Kansas state line.

TOPEKA – The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will conduct a special, informational meeting regarding proposed irrigation developments between Lamar, Colorado, and the Colorado-Kansas state line. The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (1:00 p.m. MST) at the Holly United Methodist Church, located at 411 W U.S. Highway 50, Holly, Colorado.

ARCA administers provisions of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact, including operations of the John Martin Reservoir. Kansas has three representatives who serve on ARCA, including David Barfield, chief engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources; Randy Hayzlett, Lakin; and Hal Scheuerman, Deerfield.

The special meeting is open to the public. Individuals who require special accommodation should notify Stephanie Gonzales at (719) 734-5367 at least three days prior to the meeting. Click here for the meeting agenda.

The Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact was negotiated in 1948 between Kansas and Colorado with participation by the federal government. Its stated purposes are to settle existing disputes and remove causes of future controversy between Colorado and Kansas regarding Arkansas River water and to equitably divide and apportion the water between Colorado and Kansas, including benefits arising from John Martin Reservoir.

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