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.

COMMON SEARCHES


Water Conservation Area (WCA): Information about WCAs and active or pending WCA plans. 

Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA): Information about LEMAs and the Sheridan County 6 LEMA.

Online water use reporting: Link to Kansas Water Use Reporting System for submitting annual water use reports online.

Kickapoo Water Right: Information on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation Water Right Settlement Agreement.

Republican River Compact: Information on the latest resolutions and annual meetings between Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska on the Republican River Compact.

Hays R9:
Information about the City of Hays' applications to KDA-DWR for water right changes and water transfer of the R9 Ranch.

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.

Multi-Year Flex Accounts (MYFAs):  The deadline for including the current calendar year (2016) as the first year of the five (5) year MYFA will be October 1.

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

Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Expansion of GMD No. 2 Boundaries

A public hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in the Hutchinson Kansas Department of Transportation conference room at 1220 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson, Kan., to review a petition that proposes to expand the boundaries of the Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD No. 2). A public informational session will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. with a public hearing to follow at 2:30 p.m.

A public hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in the Hutchinson Kansas Department of Transportation conference room at 1220 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson, Kan., to review a petition that proposes to expand the boundaries of the Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD No. 2). A public informational session will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. with a public hearing to follow at 2:30 p.m.

Persons who require special accommodations must make their needs known at least five days prior to the hearing by contacting David Engelhaupt at David.Engelhaupt@ks.gov or 785-564-6680.

More information, including a copy of the GMD No. 2 petition for expansion, is available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture–Division of Water Resources website at agriculture.ks.gov/GMDs


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