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


  • 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

Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet September 17

The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will conduct a special, informational meeting regarding proposed irrigation developments between Lamar, Colorado, and the Colorado-Kansas state line.

TOPEKA – The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will conduct a special, informational meeting regarding proposed irrigation developments between Lamar, Colorado, and the Colorado-Kansas state line. The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (1:00 p.m. MST) at the Holly United Methodist Church, located at 411 W U.S. Highway 50, Holly, Colorado.

ARCA administers provisions of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact, including operations of the John Martin Reservoir. Kansas has three representatives who serve on ARCA, including David Barfield, chief engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources; Randy Hayzlett, Lakin; and Hal Scheuerman, Deerfield.

The special meeting is open to the public. Individuals who require special accommodation should notify Stephanie Gonzales at (719) 734-5367 at least three days prior to the meeting. Click here for the meeting agenda.

The Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact was negotiated in 1948 between Kansas and Colorado with participation by the federal government. Its stated purposes are to settle existing disputes and remove causes of future controversy between Colorado and Kansas regarding Arkansas River water and to equitably divide and apportion the water between Colorado and Kansas, including benefits arising from John Martin Reservoir.

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