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


Proposed Regulation Changes and Written Comments: 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

March 6-10 is Flood Safety Awareness Week

The Kansas Department of Agriculture encourages all citizens to better prepare their homes, businesses and communities for the upcoming flood season during the week of March 6-10, 2017. Flood Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for and understanding flooding in Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture encourages all citizens to better prepare their homes, businesses and communities for the upcoming flood season during the week of March 6-10, 2017. Flood Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for and understanding flooding in Kansas.

The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies flooding as one of the costliest types of natural disaster in Kansas, in terms of lives lost, injuries and property damage. Floods threaten people, homes and other property in every county in Kansas.

KDA’s Division of Water Resources (KDA–DWR) encourages Kansans to be aware of flood hazards especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting to drive through moving water. Find out if roads are closed due to flooding at the Kansas Department of Transportation website, kandrive.org.

KDA is the state agency devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas and helps to protect natural resources and promote public health and safety along with animal health. KDA–DWR’s floodplain management team creates new flood maps and trains surveyors and floodplain managers to better flood insurance estimates, property protection and most importantly, to protect lives.

Follow KDA on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about flood safety this week. For more flood safety resources from KDA–DWR, go to agriculture.ks.gov/flood-safety.

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