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75th Anniversary
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, and social distancing must be maintained while in the building.

Topeka/Parsons     785-296-5733      Katie.Tietsort@ks.gov
Stafford   620-234-5311      Jeff.Lanterman@ks.gov
Stockton   785-425-6787  Kelly.Stewart@ks.gov
Garden City   620-276-2901, or
620-765-7110 
Mike.Meyer@ks.gov

STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to COVID-19, the staff of the Kansas Department of Agriculture continues to work in a limited capacity, with much of the staff working remotely. The KDA headquarters office in Manhattan is now open to the public, with changes to a number of practices in place to protect the health of staff and visitors. The field offices are conducting business as usual, but the offices are open to the public by appointment only. Questions can also be addressed directly to those offices via phone or email. 

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of KDA buildings.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while in KDA buildings.
  • Many meetings are being held as online meetings or conference calls.

We appreciate your patience as we work through these changing times.

The KDA coronavirus page has guidance documents and ag-related industry links. For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

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


  • 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

Appeal Period Now Open for Proposed Floodplain Map for Reno County

A proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map update for portions of Reno County — including the cities of Hutchinson, Nickerson, South Hutchinson and Willowbrook — was released for public review in April 2018.

A proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map update for portions of Reno County — including the cities of Hutchinson, Nickerson, South Hutchinson and Willowbrook — was released for public review in April 2018. Before the new map is finalized, property owners and lessees will have one more opportunity to provide engineering data through their community during the official 90-day appeal process. The appeal period began July 9 and will continue through October 7, 2019. The new map will provide communities in this area with up-to-date flood risk information and tools that can be used to enhance local mitigation plans, and help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The local mapping project is part of a nationwide effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to increase local knowledge of flood risks and to support actions to address and reduce those risks. The work in Reno County has been led by FEMA and the Kansas Department of Agriculture–Division of Water Resources in partnership with local community officials, utilizing data produced as a result of levee certification efforts. The 90-day appeal period provides a time frame during which property owners and lessees can provide engineering data for consideration before the new Flood Insurance Rate Map is finalized.

Submitting an appeal requires the development of science-based data or technically-backed information to replace or update preliminary engineering, which can require a significant investment of time and money.  In addition, those interested in submitting an appeal are recommended to first discuss it with their local floodplain administrator to help provide guidance on the process. Appeals must be submitted through your local floodplain administrator.  Contact information for floodplain administrators in Hutchinson, Nickerson, South Hutchinson, and unincorporated Reno County is available at the KDA–DWR website.

The new map, which can be found on the KDA–DWR website, is still a preliminary version. Reno County officials encourage property owners and lessees to view the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.

For contact information, to view the new map, or to find out more information about the Reno County floodplain mapping project, visit www.agriculture.ks.gov/floodplainmapping.


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