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

Arkansas River Compact Administration Annual Meeting to Be Held Dec. 7

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Lamar Colorado.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Lamar Colorado. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. MST (9:00 a.m. CST) in Room 139 of the Bowman Building at Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main Street in Lamar, Colorado. The meeting will be recessed for lunch at about noon and will reconvene for the completion of business in the afternoon as necessary. The meeting is open to the public.

The Administration will consider for adoption updates to the bylaws, for the purpose of modernizing communication between ARCA members.

In addition, the Engineering, Operations, and Administrative/Legal Committees of ARCA will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the same location, starting at 1:30 p.m. MST (2:30 p.m. CST) and continuing to completion. The public is welcome to attend the committee meetings; however, time for comments may be limited.

Meetings of ARCA are operated in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a special accommodation as a result of a disability please contact Stephanie Gonzales at 719-688-0799 at least three days before the meeting.

Questions about the meeting can be addressed to Chris Beightel, program manager for water management services at KDA–DWR, at 785-564-6659 or Chris.Beightel@ks.gov. Additional information about the Kansas–Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact and the annual meeting can be found on the KDA website at agriculture.ks.gov/ARCA or at ARCA’s website at www.co-ks-arkansasrivercompactadmin.org.


WHO:             Open to the public

          Annual meeting of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact Administration

          Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. MST (9:00 a.m. CST)

        Lamar Community College Bowman Building, Room 139, 2401 S. Main Street, Lamar, Colorado

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