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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  • Updates: Get the latest news and updates on the work of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources.
  • 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

Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Water Regulations

A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, to consider the adoption of proposed amendments to regulations relating to consumptive use of water rights and to civil penalties for delinquent water use reports.

A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, to consider the adoption of proposed amendments to regulations relating to consumptive use of water rights and to civil penalties for delinquent water use reports.

The hearing will be held in the first floor meeting room 124 of the Kansas Department of Agriculture building at 1320 Research Park Dr. in Manhattan. Individuals wishing to participate by teleconference may go to one of the four KDA field office locations in Garden City, Stafford, Stockton or Topeka on the date and time of the public hearing.

Proposed amendments are under consideration for the following regulations: K.A.R. 5-5-9, K.A.R. 5-5-10 and K.A.R. 5-5-16 (calculation of consumptive use of a water right) and K.A.R. 5-14-11 (civil penalty on a delinquent water use report). Copies of the notice of hearing and the proposed changes to these regulations are posted on KDA’s website at: agriculture.ks.gov/dwr.

For additional information about the public hearing, including directions for a field office location, please contact Ronda Hutton at KDA: 785-564-6715 or Ronda.Hutton@ks.gov. Written comments prior to the hearing may be submitted through July 24 by mail or via the KDA website at www.agriculture.ks.gov/PublicComment.

Persons who require special accommodations must make their needs known at least two days prior to the meeting. 


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