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 December 18

The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (8:30 a.m. MST) in the Lamar Community Building, 610 South Sixth Street, Lamar, Colorado.

TOPEKA – The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (8:30 a.m. MST) in the Lamar Community Building, 610 South Sixth Street, Lamar, Colorado. The meeting will be recessed for lunch and reconvened for the completion of business in the afternoon as necessary.

ARCA administers provisions of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact, including operations of the John Martin Reservoir. Topics to be covered at the annual meeting include a review of John Martin Reservoir operations, compliance update, committee reports, and updates from state and federal agencies.

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.

ARCA’s Operations, Administrative and Legal, and Engineering committees will meet on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. CST (1:00 p.m. MST) also at the Lamar Community Building.

The annual and committee meetings are 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. The meeting agenda is posted on the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s website.

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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