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STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the staff at the Kansas Department of Agriculture has been asked to work remotely beginning April 6. During this time, our headquarters and field offices will remain closed to the public. Please keep in mind that while we work from our homes, our response times may be a bit slower. We ask for 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.

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  • 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.
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Hearing Scheduled for Wichita County LEMA Plan

A public hearing will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, in Leoti to consider a Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) management plan in a designated area in Wichita County. The virtual-hybrid hearing will provide the opportunity for in-person oral statements as well as virtual participation online.

A public hearing will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, in Leoti to consider a Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) management plan in a designated area in Wichita County. The virtual-hybrid hearing will provide the opportunity for in-person oral statements as well as virtual participation online.

The Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 has recommended the approval of the LEMA which was found acceptable for consideration by the Acting Chief Engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The initial hearing will consider whether the management plan satisfies the requirements for establishment of a LEMA set forth in K.S.A. 82a-1041. If these requirements are met, a second hearing to consider the corrective controls proposed in the management plan will be scheduled.

Anyone may submit written or oral statements to be included in the record of the hearing. In-person oral statements will be accepted at the public hearing at the St. Anthony Catholic Church Parish Hall at 600 S. Fourth Street in Leoti. Oral statements can also be submitted online; anyone desiring to provide an online oral statement or make a visual presentation via Zoom must submit their request at least 24 hours prior to the hearing by notifying Ronda Hutton at 785-564-6715 or by email at Ronda.Hutton@ks.gov.  A copy of any visual presentation to be used as part of online testimony must also be submitted 24 hours in advance of the initial hearing. Advance sign up is not required for those wishing to testify in person in Leoti.

Written statements may be submitted at the public hearing or sent to the WHC LEMA; c/o Ronda Hutton; 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, faxed to 785-564-6777, or e-mailed to Ronda.Hutton@ks.gov. Written comments will be accepted if delivered on or before Friday, August 28, 2020.

More details about the hearing including a link to the live hearing and a copy of the proposed plan and related documents are available online at www.agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL.

WHAT:          Public hearing on proposed regulations regarding proposed LEMA

WHEN:          9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020

WHERE:        Online: link available at www.agriculture.ks.gov/WHCL

                     In person: St. Anthony Catholic Church Parish Hall, 600 S. Fourth Street, Leoti


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