75th Anniversary
2020 marked 75 years of the Kansas Water Appropriations Act
"First in time, first in right"
Read more about the KWAA:
KWAA at 50
Read more about Kansas water law:
Kansas Water Law by KSRE

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources field offices are now making themselves available to the public by appointment during regular business hours.

KDA field offices serve water users statewide. Each office is managed by a water commissioner, who is the chief engineer's agent, and each is staffed with employees familiar with local water issues.

If you need to speak with someone in person, please contact the appropriate field office to schedule an appointment. All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of KDA buildings, except where social distancing can be maintained.

Topeka/Parsons     785-296-5733
Stafford   620-234-5311
Stockton   785-425-6787
Garden City   620-276-2901, or


KDA offices are open to the public, with the following practices in place to protect the health of staff and visitors. 

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of the building.
  • Social distancing should be maintained while in the building.
  • Many meetings continue to be held as online meetings or conference calls.

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.


  • Paper Filing Fee / Online support options: Information about the $20 per water right paper filing fee that will be applied to 2018 water use reporting.
  • 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

Kansas Water Vision Meeting to be Held at K-State

The Governor’s Vision Team for the Future of Water in Kansas will be holding a meeting Tuesday, April 1, 10 a.m. at the Student Union - Room 227 on the K-State campus.

Tuesday, April 1 at the Student Union on the K-State Campus

Students encouraged to stop by as class schedules permit

At the Governor’s Conference on Water, Governor Sam Brownback issued a call to action for a Vision that ensures Kansas water priorities are met to meet the state’s current and future needs. The Vision Team, which consists of the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Water Authority, is coming to the K-State campus to talk with faculty, students and area stakeholders and landowners to get input for developing a Vision for Kansas water.

The Governor’s Vision Team for the Future of Water in Kansas will be holding a meeting Tuesday, April 1, 10 a.m. at the Student Union - Room 227 on the K-State campus. This opportunity is for faculty and students as well as local stakeholder groups to share their priorities with the Vision Team to ensure that Kansas continues to ensure a reliable long-term water supply for its citizens. 

“The drought over the past three years has brought water issues to the forefront and Kansas must plan for the future now,” said Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. “Kansas State University has played an active role in Kansas water resource research and strategies. We want and need all Kansans to be part of Kansas’ water solution.”

Throughout the winter and spring of 2014, the Visioning Team is conducting coordinated outreach with many stakeholders throughout the state representing all uses of water. Feedback gained from these meetings will serve the basis of the draft Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.

“The Vision Team needs K-States’ input, ideas and strategies for making sure water is available to keep Kansas’ production and economic value strong,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “The team wants K-State and its students to be a part of the solution. We especially look forward to students providing input at this meeting as they are the future generation this Vision will affect the most!”

For more information about the Governor’s Call to Action for a 50-Year Vision and upcoming meetings, visit



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