Hays/R9 Ranch change web page updated with input from GMD 5, WaterPACK, and the Cities

KDA-DWR’s web page on the Hays/R9 Ranch change applications (http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9) has been updated with the following:

  • On September 14, the GMD 5 supplemented its recommendation of August 28.
  • On September 13, WaterPACK provided an additional response.
  • The Cities provided responses on September 14 and 18 to GMD5 and WaterPACK comments and recommendations.

The record is now closed. The Chief Engineer will review this record to make a decision on the pending change applications.  If the change applications are contingently approved, the water transfer process would be initiated.

Tags: HaysR9, Changes, water transfer, StocktonFO

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KDA and KWO host Oct. 2 in St. Francis meeting to discuss Upper Republican Basin issues

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Water Office are hosting an informational meeting and forum on October 2, 2018 at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds in St Francis, Kansas to discuss Upper Republican River Basin issues including how to best invest $2 million in the basin’s water resources and options for Bonny Reservoir. The meeting announcement, proposed agenda, and background documents can be found at KDA’s our new web page for Upper Republican basin issues at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/upperrepublican.

Tags: RRCA, StocktonFO

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GMD 5 provides its recommendations on the Hays/R9 Ranch changes

GMD 5 has provided its recommendation on the Hays/R9 water rights changes. The recommendation, along with two additional supporting documents presented at their August 27 public meeting, have been posted on KDA’s web site at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9.

Tags: HaysR9, changes, water transfer, StaffordFO, GMD5

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Quivira/GMD 5 updates: GMD 5 public meeting / Congressmen write U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On August 27, GMD 5 held a public meeting on its Proposed Rattlesnake Creek / Quivira Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA). GMD 5 has updated its web site at https://gmd5.org/proposed-rsc-lema to include the materials presented at the meeting as well as a video recording of the presentations and Q &A session.

Both Kansas Senators as well as two Representatives have written the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking they provide technical assistance related to augmentation to support the basin’s efforts to find a remedy for the impairment.  The letter is posted on our web site at: http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD5LEMA

Tags: Quivira, GMD5LEMA, GMD5, StaffordFO, impairment, LEMA

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Response to Audubon’s letter on Quivira and feedback to GMD 5 LEMA plan posted

As reported earlier, on August 10, GMD 5 developed a new draft of its proposed LEMA plan to resolve the Quivira impairment complaint and on August 17, the Audubon of Kansas wrote a letter calling on both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Division to act immediately to remedy the impairment.  On KDA’s web site, we have posted our latest input to GMD 5 on their LEMA plan and a response to Audubon of Kansas on their request.  See  http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/Quivira and http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/GMD5LEMA

Tags: Quivira, GMD5LEMA, GMD5, StaffordFO, impairment, LEMA

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WaterPACK provides additional comments on the Hays/R9 Ranch changes

On behalf of the Water Protection Association of Central Kansas (WaterPACK), their consultant has provided additional technical comments regarding the modeling supporting the Cities of Hays and Russell change applications, which propose to convert the water rights of the R9 Ranch from irrigation to municipal use for the Cities. See http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9.

Tags: HaysR9, changes, water transfer, StaffordFO, GMD5

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