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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Proposed regulation changes: Notice of public hearing on proposed regulation changes regarding consumptive use and civil penalties for delinquent water use reports.

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

Meeting Planned for Water Users in Upper Republican River Basin

State and local water officials will host an informational meeting and discussion forum for water users and others interested in the water supply of the South Fork Republican River. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the Cheyenne County 4-H building at the fairgrounds on N. College Street, St. Francis, Kansas.
State and local water officials will host an informational meeting and discussion forum for water users and others interested in the water supply of the South Fork Republican River. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the Cheyenne County 4-H building at the fairgrounds on N. College Street, St. Francis, Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Water Office will share information about the resolutions reached between Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska this year. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input to state water officials charged with administering the Republican River Compact. The Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas includes a focus to represent Kansas in interstate water issues in order to best serve Kansas and its citizens.

“We want to hear from water users in the area as we continue to represent their needs in these interstate issues,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “This long-term agreement reached by the three states will provide flexibility and greater certainty to all water users in this region.”

For more information on the meeting, please contact Chris Beightel at the KDA Division of Water Resources, at 785-564-6659 or Chris.Beightel@ks.gov. To read more about the Republican River Compact, go to agriculture.ks.gov/RepublicanRiver.

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