Division of Water Resources
David W. Barfield, P.E. - Chief Engineer
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. (David's Biography and Twitter account)
The latest DWR Currents newsletter with information about the 2013 Dam Safety Conference, the revised penalty schedule for 2013 and the upcoming water use reports deadlilne of March 1.
Image Right: Medicine Lodge River near Kiowa, KS on July 12, 2012.
Photo by Mike Holt, USGS.
House Bill 2363 includes several amendments to water structures permit requirements. Dams, stream obstructions, channel changes and floodplain fill projects are all affected by these changes. A guidance document implements those changes and resolves conflicts within current adopted regulations.
Additional information is available online about the proposed Sheridan-Thomas County Local Enhanced Management Area (Sheridan 6 LEMA).
DWR Approved Meter List: Current list of approved water flowmeters, forms and instructions (Apr. 2, 2013)
The dam safety toolbox on our website has been updated to include fact sheets regarding, Conduit Inspection Repair and Renovation, Hazard Reclassification, High Hazard Emergency Action Plans, Significant Hazard Emergency Action Plans, Breach Inundation Maps, Dam Terminology, Selecting an Engineer, Dam Upgrading and Dam Safety Issues.
DWR is organized as follows:
- Water Appropriation - Manages the state's water supply through a system of permits, reviews and inspections.
- Water Structures - Regulates dams, stream modifications, levees and floodplain fills for the protection of life, property and public safety; also provides technical assistance and coordination to local communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Water Management Services - Provides technical and data support to all agency water programs and includes the following sub-programs:
Links to Key DWR Web Pages
DWR Statutes and Regulations
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