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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  • Quivira: Information about the investigation of the impairment complaint filed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. 
  • Hays R9: Information about the City of Hays' applications to KDA-DWR for water right changes and water transfer of the R9 Ranch.
  • Water Conservation Area (WCA): Information about WCAs and active or pending WCA plans. 
  • Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA): Information about LEMAs including the GMD No. 4 District-wide LEMA, the Sheridan County 6 LEMA and the proposed GMD No. 5 Rattlesnake/Quivira LEMA.
  • Wichita ASR: Information about the City's request for changes to the conditions associated with the Phase II Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project.
  • Kickapoo Water Right: Information on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation Water Right Settlement Agreement.
  • Republican River CompactInformation on the latest resolutions and annual meetings between Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska on this compact.
  • Multi-Year Flex Accounts (MYFAs)
  • DWR Approved Meter List: Current list of approved water flowmeters, forms and instructions.
  • Minimum Desirable Streamflow (MDS): Streams subject to and currently under MDS administration.
Division of Water Resources in the News

Meeting planned for water users in the South Fork of the Republican River

State and local water officials will host an informational meeting and forum for discussion for water users and others interested in the water supply of the South Fork Republican River.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – State and local water officials will host an informational meeting and forum for discussion for water users and others interested in the water supply of the South Fork Republican River. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday June 24, 2014 at the Community High School Cafeteria, 100 College Street, St. Francis, KS 67756.

State water officials charged with protecting and conserving Kansas’ water supplies need to understand the interests and concerns of local water users in the face of depleted river flows and the draining of Bonny Reservoir. How could the region benefit from increased streamflow?

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey expressed her interest in serving the needs of Kansans.  “KDA needs to hear from water users in the area.  We want to make sure that we fully understand their concerns and are working to make sure that we are responsive to the situation.”

Water officials will also provide an update on Republican River Compact issues that affect the basin’s water supply.

For more information on the meeting, please contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture - Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel,  (785) 608-6542 or chris.beightel@kda.ks.gov

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