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Republican River Compact Compliance 
DWR > Surface Water > Interstate Compacts > Republican River

On May 26, 1998, the State of Kansas filed a complaint to the United States Supreme Court that claimed the State of Nebraska had violated the Republican River Compact by allowing the unimpeded development of thousands of wells in hydraulic connection with the Republican River and its tributaries. Kansas further alleged that Nebraska was using more water than its allocation under the compact and was depriving Kansas of its full entitlement. The States of Kansas and Nebraska were joined by the United States as "amicus curiae" in providing a briefing to the Supreme Court on January 19, 1999, which accepted the lawsuit to be known as Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado, No. 126 Original. The State of Colorado was joined in the lawsuit because the headwaters of the Republican River rise within our state and it is a party to the Republican River Compact. more...

The Supreme Court approved the Final Settlement Stipulation on May 19, 2003. The Office of the State Engineer, in cooperation with elected officials and local water users, created an administrative body to identify and fund compact compliance measures to assure Colorado meets the terms of the Republican River Compact and the Final Settlement Stipulation.