Stream Obstructions and Channel Changes
The Water Structures Program is the permitting entity that monitors the impacts of structures on affected landowners. Structures may include bridges, culverts, pipeline crossings, weirs, and low-water crossings.
In Kansas, a designated stream is a natural or man-made channel that conveys drainage or runoff from a watershed having an area (1 One or more square miles in zone one, which includes all geographic points located in or east of Washington, Clay, Dickinson, Marion, Harvey, Sedgwick, or Sumner counties; (2 Two or more square miles in zone two, which includes all geographic points located west of zone one, and in or east of Smith, Osborne, Russell, Barton, Stafford, Pratt, or Barber counties; (3 Three or more square miles in zone three, which includes all geographic points located west of zone two.
Other permits may be required, including but not limited to:
1. Permit to Appropriate Water from the Water Appropriation Program
2. Construction permits from county and local government
3. Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Permit
4. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Permit for Stormwater Run-Off
Chapter 82a, Article 3 - Obstructions in Streams
K.S.A. 82a-301 to 327 Revised September 2010
Obstructions in Streams regulations
K.A.R. 5-40-1 thru 5-40-106; 5-41-1 thru 5-41-6; 5-42-1 thru 5-42-5; 5-43-1 thru 5-43-5 & K.A.R. 5-46-1 thru 5-46-4 Revised 10/3/08
Design of Levees regulations
K.A.R. 5-45-1 thru 5-45-23
Applications for Permit to Construct a Dam
Application for Permit of a Stream Obstruction
Application for Permit of Levees
Also see When Is a DWR Permit Required?
Chad Voigt, P.E.
Water Structures Program Manager
109 SW 9th Street, 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-2933
Fax: (785) 296-1176