Division of Water Resources
To enhance present and future Kansans’ quality of life, economic opportunity and safety through judicious regulation of water use and watercourses, to protect the state’s interests in interstate waters, and to continuously work with partners and stakeholders to improve the management and use of the state’s water supplies.
Present and future generations of Kansans will enjoy adequate water supplies for communities, agriculture, industry, recreation and other beneficial uses. Water resources will be managed to mitigate climate cycles of flooding and drought. Risks to life and property will be reduced through proper design, construction, operation and maintenance of dams and other works affecting our watercourses, and by avoiding or protecting development in floodplains and breach zones.
We recognize that regulating the state’s water resources is a public trust. We approach our duties with a deep sense of purpose, responsibility and stewardship. Water users and the public at large can be assured of our balanced, sensible approach to water resources management and regulation, and that we will strive to act in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, efficiency and transparency.
The Division of Water Resources is a group of three Programs within the Kansas Department of Agriculture: Water Appropriation, Water Structures, and Water Management Services. The Chief Engineer serves as the director of the Division of Water Resources. As indicated on the organization chart below, each program is divided into several work units, or teams, based on their functions.
The Secretary's Office provides administrative oversight and supporting functions through its Policy, Public Information, Legal, Fiscal, Homeland Security, and Human Resources sections.