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75th Anniversary
of the Kansas Water Appropriations Act
"First in time, first in right"
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STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to COVID-19, the staff at 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 not open to the public, so questions should be addressed directly to those offices via phone or email. 

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of the building.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while in the building.
  • 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

Republican River Compact Administration to Meet Online August 21

The Republican River Compact Administration will hold its annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, as a virtual meeting via online meeting services. The RRCA meeting will focus on water-related issues and activities, including compact compliance, within the Republican River basin in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

The Republican River Compact Administration will hold its annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, as a virtual meeting via online meeting services. The RRCA meeting will focus on water-related issues and activities, including compact compliance, within the Republican River basin in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

In addition, RRCA will hold a work session to prepare for the annual meeting at 8:30 a.m. CDT on Aug. 21, 2020, also as a virtual meeting. Both the work session and the annual meeting are open to the public. Links to both meetings can be found in the meeting notice at www.republicanriver.org.

For those who are unable to participate online, there will be a listening station set up in the Student Union of the Mid-Plains Community College in McCook, Nebraska, at 1202 East 3rd Street in McCook.

Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska entered into the Republican River Compact in 1943 to provide for the equitable division of the basin’s waters, remove causes of potential controversy, and promote interstate cooperation and joint action by the states and the U.S. in the efficient use of water and the control of destructive floods. The RRCA is composed of three commissioners representing Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources Acting Chief Engineer Chris Beightel; Colorado State Engineer Kevin Rein; and Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Interim Director Jesse Bradley.

Individuals who have questions regarding the meeting should contact Chelsea Erickson at KDA–DWR at Chelsea.Erickson@ks.gov or 785-425-6787 for more information.


For additional information about the Republican River compact and this year’s annual meeting, including the complete meeting notice and agendas for both meetings, please visit agriculture.ks.gov/RRCA

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