Arkansas River Compact Administration to meet December 17

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Manhattan, Kan. – The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (8:30 a.m. MST) in the Lamar Elks Lodge No. 1319, 28157 US Highway 287, Lamar, Colorado. The meeting will recess for lunch and reconvened for the completion of business in the afternoon as necessary.

ARCA administers provisions of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact, including operations of the John Martin Reservoir. Topics to be covered at the annual meeting include a review of John Martin Reservoir operations, compliance update, committee reports, and updates from state and federal agencies.

Kansas has three representatives who serveon ARCA, including David Barfield, chief engineer of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources; Randy Hayzlett, Lakin; and Hal Scheuerman, Deerfield.

ARCA’s Operations, Administrative and Legal, and Engineering committees will meet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. CST (1:30 p.m. MST) also at the Lamar Elks Lodge No. 1319.

The annual and committee meetings are open to the public. Individuals who require special accommodation should notify Stephanie Gonzales at (719) 734-5367 at least three days prior to the meeting. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s website at http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/dwr/interstate-rivers-and-compacts/kansas-colorado-arkansas-river-compact.

The Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact was negotiated in 1948 between Kansas and Colorado with participation by the federal government. Its stated purposes are to settle existing disputes and remove causes of future controversy between Colorado and Kansas regarding Arkansas River water and to equitably divide and apportion the water between Colorado and Kansas, including benefits arising from John Martin Reservoir.

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