City of Hays / Russell Water Transfer Application

Background: On March 27, 2019, the Chief Engineer contingently approved the change applications submitted by the Cities of Hays and Russell to convert the irrigation rights of R9 Ranch in Edwards County to municipal use for the Cities.

Additional information on the Hays / R9 Ranch change applications

Water Transfer Hearing Transcripts

Description
File Size  Hearing Date 
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 1   983 KB
07/19/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 2  1 MB
07/20/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 3  808 KB
07/21/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 4  725 KB
07/24/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 5  748 KB
07/25/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 6  180 KB
07/26/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 7  817 KB
07/27/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 8  776 KB
07/28/2023
Water Transfer Hearing - Day 9  186 KB
07/31/2023

Public Comment Hearing - Written Comments

 Comments Provided By
File Size  Date Received 
Reed Strate  223 KB  06/26/2023 
Dustin Madden  477 KB  06/26/2023 
Pat Janssen (WaterPACK)  532 KB  06/26/2023 
Aaron Popelka (KS Livestock Association)   417 KB  06/26/2023 
John Janssen  148 KB  06/26/2023 
Leroy and Janet Wetzel  67 KB  06/26/2023 
Carolyn Tatro (FHSU Alumni Association)  319 KB  06/23/2023 
Jason Williby (FHSU Foundation)  328 KB  06/23/2023 
Don Bickle  340 KB  06/23/2023 
Tammy Wellbrock  303 KB  06/23/2023 
Tisa Mason (Fort Hays State University) 350 KB  06/23/2023 
Barb Wasinger (KS House - District 111)  362 KB  06/23/2023 
Nathan Leiker (Ellis County)  378 KB  06/23/2023 
Neal Younger (Ellis County)  361 KB  06/23/2023 
Michael Berges (Ellis County)  883 KB  06/23/2023 
Alaina Cunningham (City of Hays)  780 KB  06/23/2023 
Shaun Musil (City of Hays)  767 KB  06/23/2023 
Duke Strobel (Russell County)  201 KB  06/21/2023 
Ron Mellick  137 KB  06/21/2023 
Edward Herrman  471 KB  06/20/2023 
Sandy Jacobs (City of Hays)
661 KB
06/16/2023
Ron Wilson (Hays USD 489)
345 KB
06/16/2023
Richard and Jane Wenstrom
2 MB
06/16/2023
Ken Elliott
318 KB
06/13/2023
James Meier
753 KB
06/12/2023

Transfer Application Processing

Description File Size Document
Date
Provided By
Intervenors' Memorandum in Opposition to Approval of Water Transfer 4 MB  05/01/2024  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Order Denying Motion for Recusal of Chief Engineer and Scheduling Order 63 KB  04/01/2024  Water Transfer Panel
Intervenors' Reply to Cities' Response to Motion for Recusal of Chief Engineer 207 KB  03/11/2024 WaterPACK/Edwards County
Cities' Memorandum in Support of Water Transfer  553 KB  03/08/2024  Hays/Russell 
Cities' Response to Intervenors' Motion to Recuse Chief Engineer 368 KB  03/08/2024 Hays/Russell
Intervenors' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Recusal of Chief Engineer  222 KB  02/22/2024  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Intervenors' Motion for Recusal of Chief Engineer from Participation in Hearing Panel  140 KB  02/22/2024  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Notice of Review 1 MB 02/16/2024 Water Transfer Panel
Initial Order (Hays / Russell Water Transfer) 6 MB  02/05/2024  OAH 
Notice of Updated Zoom Link for Continued Public Hearing
794 KB
10/27/2023
OAH
Intervenors' Response and Rebuttal to Cities' Proposed Findings and Conclusions
1 MB
10/27/2023 WaterPACK/Edwards County
Cities' Response to Intervenors' Proposed Findings and Conclusions
644 MB
10/27/2023
Hays/Russell
Comment from KWO
176 KB
10/27/2023
KWO
Comment from KS Water Authority
158 KB
10/27/2023
KS Water Authority 
Comment from DWR
146 KB
10/27/2023
KDA 
Comment from KDHE
103 KB
10/27/2023
KDHE
Intervenors' Proposed Findings and Conclusions  733 KB
09/29/2023
WaterPACK/Edwards County
Cities' Proposed Findings and Conclusions  5 MB
09/29/2023
Hays/Russell
Order Recognizing KS Water Authority as Commenting Agency (Nunc Pro Tunc)  571 KB
09/11/2023
OAH
KS Water Authority Request for Recognition as Commenting Agency  207 KB  09/06/2023  KS Water Authority 
OAH Clerk's Letter Regarding Commenting Agencies  428 KB  08/22/2023  OAH 
Order Recognizing KDWP as Commenting Agency  787 KB
08/17/2023
OAH
Intervenors' Memorandum in Opposition to the Cities' Objection to the Testimony of Andrew Keller  2 MB
07/27/2023
WaterPACK/Edwards County
Cities' Memorandum in Opposition to Intervenors' Undisclosed Surrebuttal Expert Testimony  193 KB
07/27/2023
Hays/Russell
KWO Comment Period Request for Commenting Agencies  145 KB  07/22/2023  KWO 
Order Recognizing KDHE and KWO as Commenting Agencies  211 KB  07/19/2023  OAH 
Cities' Response to Intervenors' Motion to Strike Rebuttal Testimony of David Barfield  211 KB  07/18/2023  Hays/Russell 
Entry of Appearance (KDHE Counsel)  94 KB  07/18/2023  KDHE 
KDHE Notice to Be Recognized as a Commenting Agency  440 KB  07/18/2023  KDHE 
Intervenors' Memorandum in Support of Motion to Strike Rebuttal Testimony of David Barfield  8 MB  07/17/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Intervenors' Motion to Strike Rebuttal Testimony of David Barfield  107 KB  07/17/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Intervenors' Trial Brief  1 MB
07/14/2023
WaterPACK/Edwards County
Recording of Public Comment Hearing  99 MB  07/07/2023  OAH 
Amended Notice of Submission (with Exhibit A) 13 MB  07/03/2023  KDA 
Notice of Submission  33 KB  06/29/2023  KDA 
Prepared Rebuttal Testimony of Edward Harvey  581 KB  06/28/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Prepared Rebuttal Testimony of Dave Romero  707 KB  06/28/2023  GMD5 
Notice of Service of Rebuttal Expert's Direct Testimony  103 KB  06/28/2023  GMD5 
Rebuttal Testimony of David Barfield  2 MB  06/28/2023  Hays/Russell 
Prepared Rebuttal Testimony of Susan Walker  598 KB  06/28/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Rebuttal Testimony of Stephen Hamilton  4 MB  06/27/2023  Hays/Russell 
Rebuttal Testimony of Amy Haase  297 KB  06/26/2023  Hays/Russell 
Notice of Service of Supplemental and Corrected Discovery Responses  114 KB  06/23/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Intervenors' Final Exhibit and Witness List  240 KB  06/23/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Cities' Final Witness and Exhibit List (with Attachment) 830 KB  06/23/2023  Hays/Russell 
GMD5's Exhibit 2  2 MB  06/23/2023  GMD5 
GMD5's Exhibit 1  2 MB  06/23/2023  GMD5 
GMD5's Final Witness and Pre-Filed Exhibit Lists  1 MB  06/23/2023  GMD5 
Cover Page for Cities' Exhibits 1-2865  228 KB  06/23/2023  Hays/Russell 
Public Comment Hearing Sign Up Sheet  92 KB  06/20/2023  OAH 
Notice of Hearing (Hays / Russell Water Transfer)  731 KB  06/19/2023  OAH 
Notice of Service of Discovery Responses
130 KB
06/02/2023
Hays/Russell
Returned Mail for Postage (Notice of Public Comment Hearing)
150 KB
06/01/2023
OAH
Prehearing Order
618 KB
05/30/2023
OAH 
Prepared Direct Testimony of Edward Harvey  5 MB  05/30/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Prepared Direct Testimony of Steven Larson  8 MB  05/30/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Amended Notice of Public Comment Hearing  820 KB  05/30/2023  OAH 
Notice of Service of Expert Reports and Direct Testimony  184 KB  05/30/2023  Hays/Russell 
Direct Testimony of Kevin Waddell
1 MB
05/28/2023
Hays/Russell
Direct Testimony of Paul McCormick (Modeling Results Summary)  6 MB  05/26/2023  Hays/Russell 
Direct Testimony of Jeff Basara
8 MB
05/25/2023
Hays/Russell
Direct Testimony of Anthony Layzell  13 MB  05/25/2023  Hays/Russell 
Direct Testimony of Paul McCormick (Wellfield Yield)
44 MB
05/24/2023
Hays/Russell
Direct Testimony of Stephen Hamilton  3 MB  05/24/2023  Hays/Russell 
Direct Testimony of Keith Harmoney
22 MB
05/22/2023
Hays/Russell
Notice of Service of Expert Reports and Prefiled Direct Testimony
113 KB
05/30/2023
WaterPACK
Cities Motion to Amend Notice of Public Comment Hearing
170 KB
05/22/2023
Hays/Russell
Cities Notice of Service of Discovery Requests
171 KB
05/22/2023
Hays/Russell
WaterPACK Preliminary Witness and Exhibit List
143 KB
05/15/2023
WaterPACK
Cities Preliminary Witness and Exhibit List
521 KB
05/15/2023
Hays/Russell
GMD5 Preliminary Witness and Exhibit List
483 KB
05/15/2023
GMD5
Notice of Public Comment Hearing
438 KB
05/10/2023
OAH
WaterPACK Notice of Service of Discovery
110 KB
05/03/2023
WaterPACK
Cities Notice of Service of Discovery
127 KB
04/28/2023
Hays/Russell
Prehearing Order and Procedural Schedule
1 MB
04/19/2023
OAH
Revised Schedule
85 KB
03/31/2023
OAH
Prehearing Order and Notice of Continued Prehearing Conference
870 KB
03/08/2023
OAH
Cities Submission of Information Regarding Potential Hearing Locations
2 MB
03/02/2023
Hays/Russell
Prehearing Order and Notice of Continued Prehearing Conference
806 KB
02/21/2023
OAH
Prehearing Order Granting GMD5 Intervention
758 KB
02/20/2023
OAH
Consent to Service and Terms of Use for OAH E-Filing System
2 MB
02/16/2023
WaterPACK
GMD5 Petition for Intervention  431 KB  02/15/2023  GMD5 
Prehearing Order  603 KB  02/14/2023  OAH 
Prehearing Order Granting WaterPACK-Edwards County Intervention  607 KB  02/14/2023  OAH 
Hays Counsel Letter to Judge Re: In Support of In-Person Appearance 444 KB  02/13/2023  Hays/Russell 
WaterPACK-Edwards County Counsel Letter to Judge Re: In-Person Appearance 403 KB  02/13/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Hays Counsel Letter to Judge Re: In-Person Appearance 237 KB  02/10/2023  Hays  
Exhibit 4 (Supersedes) to WaterPACK-Edwards County Reply  10 MB  02/03/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County
Hays Counsel Letter to Judge Re: Draft Prehearing Order 221 KB  02/03/2023  Hays 
WaterPACK-Edwards County Reply to Hays-Russell Response to Amended Joint Petition for Intervention  5 MB  01/30/2023  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Hays-Russell Response to Amended Joint Petition for Intervention  1 MB  12/23/2022  Hays/Russell 
Hays Counsel Letter to Judge Re: Response Deadline 202 KB  12/09/2022  Hays 
Amended Joint Petition for Intervention  4 MB  12/05/2022  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
WaterPACK-Edwards County Reply to Hays-Russell Response to Petition for Intervention  2 MB  12/05/2022  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Notice of Prehearing Conference
9 KB
11/15/2022 
OAH
Notice and Waiver of K.A.R. 5-50-8
1 MB
11/10/2022
DWR
Letter from Judge to Parties  773 KB  11/09/2022  OAH 
Prehearing Order and Notice of Prehearing Conference 
764 KB
11/08/2022
OAH
Hays-Russell Response to Joint Petition for Intervention  367 KB  10/27/2022  Hays/Russell 
Joint Petition for Intervention  1 MB  10/27/2022  WaterPACK/Edwards County 
Hays-Russell Response to GMD5 Petition for Intervention  1 MB  10/27/2022  Hays/Russell 
Petition for Intervention  1 MB  10/27/2022  GMD5 
Letter Appointing Presiding Officer for Water Transfer Hearing  186 KB  10/20/2022  OAH 
Request to Convene the Panel
261 KB
08/12/2022
Hays/Russell
KDHE Designation of Proxy for Water Transfer Hearing Panel  39 KB 04/01/2019 KDHE
Transfer Application Receipt 337 KB 01/21/2016 DWR


Transfer Application

Description File Size Document
Date
Provided By
First Amended Water Transfer Application
and Exhibits
1 MB
621 MB
05/20/2019 Hays/Russell 
Full Water Transfer Application Including Its Change Applications and Exhibits
378 MB 01/06/2016  Hays/Russell 
Water Transfer Application without Exhibits 1 MB  01/06/2016 Hays/Russell
Exhibit List for Water Transfer Application 129 KB
01/06/2016 Hays/Russell
Exhibit 1: R9 Ranch WR File and Circle Numbers from Water Transfer Application 2 MB  01/06/2016  Hays/Russell
Exhibit 2: Change Application Cover Letter from Transfer Application 41 MB 01/06/2016  Hays/Russell
Exhibits 3-32: Change Applications
161
MB
01/06/2016 Hays/Russell
Exhibits 41-41.4 and 57: Conceptual Design Documents 19 MB 01/06/2016 Hays/Russell