The Compact

Gain a deeper understanding of the Republican River Compact

What You Need to Know
About the Compact

The Republican River Water Conservation District is an independent entity that is entirely self-governed. The Colorado State Legislature created the District in 2004 to assure local involvement in the State’s efforts to comply with the Republican River Compact between Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Members of the Board of Directors are residents of the basin appointed by the Commissioners of local counties, Boards of ground water management districts, and the Colorado Ground Water Commission.

The District promotes conservation through voluntary participation. By utilizing federal programs, the District has brought in millions of federal dollars to offer financial incentives to producers who voluntarily retire water rights to reduce consumptive use to the stream flows. These water retirements reinforce the District’s efforts to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer for future generations.

Primary focus toward compact compliance is through a $60,000,000 locally funded pipeline project. The water source for the pipeline comes from existing irrigation wells with pumping limited to historic use. Projected completion of the proposed compact compliance pipeline is 2014.

Compact Info

View the compact, original complaint and motion, and more.

Map of Wells and Irrigated Acres

View a map of wells and irrigated acres within the South Fork Focus Zone (SFFZ)

Related Information

2020 – State Legislative Update January

2020 – State Legislative Update January

Please click the link for an update from RRWCD State Lobbyist Scott Meiklejohn--

RRWCD Boundary to Change

RRWCD Boundary to Change

House Bill 19-1029 passed the Colorado legislature and was signed into law by Governor Polis on April 16, 2019. It will become effective on August 2, 2019. The bill will modify the boundary of the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD).  On September 17,...

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