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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Governor Colyer sends letter to Nebraska opposing proposed Inter-basin Transfer

On August 8, Governor Colyer sent a letter to Nebraska expressing opposition to the proposed Inter-basin Transfer from the Platte River to the Republican River Basin as it would provide a path for invasive species of fish to enter the Basin. For more: agriculture.ks.gov/RRCA

Tags: RRCA, StocktonFO, TopekaFO, Compact

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Hays/R9 Ranch change web site updated with public comment and Cities’ response

KDA-DWR’s web site on the Hays/R9 Ranch change applications has been updated with written public comments received since the June 21, 2018 public informational meeting including this week’s responses by the Cities to the comments received at the meeting.

See http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/HaysR9.

Tags: HaysR9, Changes, water transfer, StocktonFO, StaffordFO, GMD5

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Kansas, Colorado reach agreement on Republican River Water Usage

On August 1, 2018, the states of Kansas and Colorado announced that they reached agreement on claims regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Compact.  Under the agreement, Colorado agrees to pay Kansas $2 million and in addition to invest an additional $2 million in Colorado to reduce its use on the South Fork immediately above Kansas.  The agreement resolves the existing controversies between the two states regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact without litigation, and allows them to continue to work collaboratively through the compact as part of an overall ongoing effort which also involves the state of Nebraska.

See agriculture.ks.gov/RRCA for more, including a copy of the agreement.

Tags: RRCA, StocktonFO, Compact

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Republican River Compact Administration to hold annual meeting on August 21 in Manhattan

The Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting at 10:00 A.M. on August 21st at the Kansas Department of Agriculture offices in Manhattan, Kansas, in room 124. In addition, the RRCA will hold a work session during the morning of August 21st starting at 8:00 a.m., at the same location. Both meetings are open to the public.

See agriculture.ks.gov/RRCA for more.

Tags: RRCA, StocktonFO, Compact

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