Kansas Department of Agriculture News Releases

Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet December 9 in Garden City

The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. CST at the Clarion Inn at 1911 E Kansas Ave. in Garden City, Kansas. The meeting agenda will be posted on the ARCA website at www.co-ks-arkansasrivercompactadmin.org.

ARCA administers provisions of the Kansas–Colorado Arkansas River Compact. Topics to be covered at the annual meeting include a review of John Martin Reservoir operations, compliance update, committee reports, and updates from state and federal agencies.

Kansas has three representatives who serve on ARCA, including Earl Lewis, chief engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources; Randy Hayzlett, Lakin; and Troy Dumler, Garden City, both of whom are local water users.

ARCA’s Operations, Administrative and Legal, and Engineering committees will meet on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. CST, also at the Clarion Inn.

There will be a virtual option to listen to the meetings. Please contact Stephanie Gonzales at arca.co.ks@gmail.com to obtain a virtual meeting link. For those attending in person, these meetings will comply with the local COVID-19 guidance in place at the time of the meeting. Should circumstances warrant, meetings will be held virtually.

Both meetings are open to the public. Individuals who require special accommodation should notify Stephanie Gonzales at 719-734-5367 at least three days prior to the meeting.

The Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact was negotiated in 1948 between Kansas and Colorado with participation by the federal government. Its stated purposes are to settle existing disputes and remove causes of future controversy between Colorado and Kansas regarding Arkansas River water and to equitably divide and apportion the water between Colorado and Kansas, including benefits arising from John Martin Reservoir.