South Fork Republican River Basin Projects

Purpose

Implement water conservation projects, water use efficiency upgrades, water management plans by water right holders, and cost-share programs within the South Fork Republican River Basin within Kansas.

History

On August 1, 2018, Colorado and Kansas signed a settlement totaling $4 million to resolve any disputes over Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact prior to 2013. Of that total sum, $2 million is to be spent within the South Fork of the Republican River Basin within Colorado. The additional $2 million will be spent for the benefit of the South Fork of the Republican River Basin within Kansas.

The 2015 Legislature introduced Senate Bill 112 Section 178, which designates where all moneys recovered by the state of Kansas shall be deposited. The $2 million is credited to the Republican River Water Conservation Projects-Colorado Moneys Fund for water improvement projects in the Republican River Basin.

Timeline

  • August 21, 2019: a stakeholder group representing multiple interests within the South Fork Republican River Basin worked towards identifying the best way to allocate the funds within the basin for water improvement and conservation projects
  • October 2019: applications for irrigation technology cost-share opportunities were mailed were mailed to those within the South Fork Republican River Basin, with a deadline date of February 29, 2020. 

Current Updates

May 2020, cost-share applications were approved and the process started to implement irrigation technology onto participant's locations. $259,000 is expected to be expended through these funds for irrigation technology.

Funding

The $2 million is credited to the Republican River Water Conservation Projects-Colorado Moneys Fund for water improvement projects in the Republican River Basin. In an effort to move forward with allocating a portion of the funds in fiscal year 2020, irrigation technology cost-share opportunities were made available.

Project Manager

Katie Goff

KWO Office
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 404
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Phone: 785-296-3185
Fax: 785-296-0878
Toll Free: 1-888-526-9283
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