75th Anniversary
2020 marked 75 years of the Kansas Water Appropriations Act
"First in time, first in right"
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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

Western State Water Leaders Meet in Kansas

Water leaders from across the western United States convened in Manhattan this week for the fall meetings of the Western States Water Council.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Water leaders from across the western United States convened in Manhattan this week for the fall meetings of the Western States Water Council. During the 3.5 days of meetings, the organization, which consists of leaders from state government, federal government representatives, and industry, held policy-related business meetings and educational sessions. The group also had the opportunity to tour Kansas’ largest lake, Milford Reservoir.

Established in 1965, the WSWC seeks to provide a platform for cooperation among western states on water-related issues and analysis of state and federal laws and regulations while maintaining individual state priorities.

“Conserving water resources and providing water users across Kansas with innovative water development and management tools is a top priority. But water issues do not stop at our state’s borders, and participation in groups like the WSWC allows us to better cooperate with our partners in the western United States,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “As federal laws and regulations become more complex, and sometimes overly burdensome, and as demands increase on water supplies, it is important to understand the challenges our neighboring states may face and also find areas of common agreement where we can work together.”

A significant portion of the fall meeting was spent developing a better understanding of the nexus between water quality and water quantity issues. Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter said as Kansas and our partners throughout the western United States advance conservation, management and development priorities for water resources, focus must be put on water quality as well as water quantity. Pointing to specific policy initiatives and water project initiatives, Streeter highlighted how Kansas works to balance the issues.

“Reduction of sediment and nutrient runoff into our reservoirs is the cornerstone of our efforts to protect our water supply storage and reduce the occurrence of harmful blue-green algae outbreaks,” said Streeter. “There are many strategies in the Water Vision to address sediment such as increasing stream bank stabilization, riparian area restoration and encouraging filter strips above the reservoirs to reduce the sediment and nutrient impacts.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the WSWC group traveled to the Milford Reservoir, which provides water resources for flood control, navigation, recreation and fish and wildlife. The reservoir also provides water supply to communities and industry in northeast Kansas. Like other Kansas reservoirs, Milford Reservoir has lost capacity due to sedimentation, which has had a compounding effect of increased outbreaks of harmful algae blooms. The group also toured the Milford Fish Hatchery, one of only a few warm water, intensive-culture fish hatcheries in the country. 

During subcommittee meetings, WSWC members heard from federal officials, including Shaun McGrath, Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 administrator. Administrator McGrath will provide an update on EPA issues during the final day of the WSWC meeting, but EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule, including discussions related to the multiple lawsuits filed over the rule as well as implementation guidelines, was a topic during multiple subcommittee meetings. In addition to the EPA, representatives from agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior provided updates on issues ranging from drought response, the Endangered Species Act, water transfers, tribal water rights and more.

For more information about the WSWC, visit

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