Summary of Laws and Responsibilities

By Chapter 172 of the laws of 1917, the Legislature created a commission to be known as the Kansas Water Commission. By Chapter 218 of the laws of 1919, the legislature created a Division of Irrigation within the Board of Agriculture. In 1927, by Chapter 293, the Kansas Water Commission and the Division of Irrigation were specifically abolished and the Division of Water Resources was created within the State Board of Agriculture (K.S.A. 74-506 et. seq.). All of the authority, power and duties then conferred or imposed by law upon the Kansas Water Commission and the Division of Irrigation were conferred upon the Division of Water Resources. On May 4, 1995, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture became the Kansas Department of Agriculture. There have been many laws and delegated responsibilities conferred on the Division of Water Resources and the chief engineer thereof. A list of the active laws and associated regulations follows:

Conservation measures under the conservation districts law
K.S.A. 2-1915 , 2-1919 , and 2-1930

The construction of flood control works by cities
K.S.A. 12-635 through 12-638 and 12-1616b

The zoning of floodplains by cities and counties
K.S.A. 12-766
K.A.R. 5-44-1 through 5-44-7

The Levee Law
K.S.A. 24-105 and 24-126
K.A.R. 5-45-1 through 5-45-23

Drainage districts
K.S.A. 24-656 through 24-668

Watershed District Act
K.S.A. 24-1201 through 24-1237

Irrigation districts
K.S.A. 42-107 through 42-730

Junkyard and Salvage Control Act
K.S.A. 68-2201 through 68-2215

Division of Water Resources
K.S.A. 74-506a through 74-506d, K.S.A. 74-510 and 74-510a
Irrigation Plants
K.S.A. 74-509

Kansas Water Authority and Kansas Water Office
K.S.A. 74-2610, 74-2622

Water Storage Law
K.S.A. 79-201g and 82a-405 through 82a-410

K.S.A. Chapter 82a, Article 3 – Obstructions in Streams

Water Projects Environmental Coordination Act
K.S.A. 82a-325 through 82a-327

Kansas-Nebraska-Colorado Republican River Compact
K.S.A. 82a-518

Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact
K.S.A. 82a-520

Kansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact
K.S.A. 82a-528

Kansas-Nebraska Big Blue River Compact
K.S.A. 82a-529

Rural Water Supply Districts
K.S.A. 82a-601 through 82a-611

Rural Water Districts
K.S.A. 82a-612 through 82a-647

Kansas Water Appropriation Act
K.S.A. 82a-701 through 82a-737; 82a-740 through 82a-745 and K.S.A. 42-303 and 42-313
K.A.R. 5-1-1 through 5-10-6, 5-12-1 through 5-16-7, and 5-30-1

Kansas Water Banking Act
K.S.A. 82a-761 through 82a-773
K.A.R. 5-17-1 through 5-17-18

Water Protection Fee
K.S.A. 82a-954

Groundwater Management District Act
(Including Intensive Groundwater Use Control Areas)
K.S.A. 82a-1020 through 82a-1042
K.A.R. 5-20-1 and 5-20-2, (IGUCAs)
K.A.R. 5-21-1 through 5-21-9, (GMD 1)
K.A.R. 5-22-1 through 5-22-17, (GMD 2)
K.A.R. 5-23-1 through 5-23-15, (GMD 3)
K.A.R. 5-24-1 through 5-24-11, (GMD 4)
K.A.R. 5-25-1 through 5-25-20 (GMD 5)

State Water Plan Storage Act
K.S.A. 82a-1301 through 82a-1320

Water Assurance Program Act
K.S.A. 82a-1330 through 82a-1348;
K.A.R. 5-11-1 through 5-11-2

Water Transfer Act
K.S.A. 82a-1501 through 82a-1508;
K.A.R. 5-50-1 through 5-50-8

Multipurpose Small Lakes Program Act
K.S.A. 82a-1601 through 82a-1609

Water Litigation
K.S.A. 82a-1801 through 82a-1805

Administrative Matters
K.S.A. 82a-1901 through 82a-1906 

Lower Smoky Hill Water Supply Access Program
K.S.A. 82a-2301 through 82a-2324