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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. The fifteen 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.

Current 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. The compact compliance pipeline was completed on April 4, 2014.

 Official Posting Place
Posted - Thursday, April 02, 2015

Republican River Water Conservation District
 Quarterly Board Meeting

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Holyoke, Colorado

Notice to be posted in the future

State of the Basin Symposium Presentations

These are the presentations from the 2014 Republican River Water Conservation District State of the Basin Symposium held on March 17th, 2014 at the Wray High School Auditorium.
Video produced by Stormy Productions, or (970) 630-5886.

To watch all of the presentations,
click here.

To watch Justice Gregory Hobbs presentation on the History of Water Law in the Northern High Plains, 
click here.

To watch State Engineer Dick Wolfe & CO Assistant Attorney General Scott Steinbrecher's presentation on the Republican River Compact Administration Report, and the Compact Compliance Pipeline and Bonny Arbitration, click here.

To watch RRWCD Pipeline Technical Advisory Committee Chairman Tim Pautler's presentation on the Compact Compliance Pipeline, click here.

To watch Jim Slattery's, Slattery & Hendrix Engineering, presentation on the Groundwater Quantity Analysis, click here.

To watch Congressman Cory Gardner's presentation, click here.

To watch CSU Facilitator MaryLou Smith's presentation on the Water Preservation Partnership, click here. 

To watch CSU Ag Economics Professor Chris Goemans presentation on the Economic Impact With and Without Water Conservation, click here.

To watch the Manager of Northwest KS Groundwater Management District 4 Katherine Wilkins-Wells' presentation on the efforts in Kansas and the LEMA Program, click here.

To watch the Manager of Frenchman & Cambridge Irrigation District Brad Edgerton's presentation on the conservation efforts in Nebraska, click here.

To watch RRWCD General Manager Deb Daniel's presentation of the CO State Water Plan, click here.

To watch RRRWCD Conservation Committee Member Rod Lenz's closing comments, click here.

To watch the public comment session, click here.

Contact Information

410 Main Street – Suite 8
Wray, CO 80758
970-332-3553 FAX
Contact Us

Office hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Monday thru Friday), closed 12:00 – 12:30 for lunch

Posting Location – The official locations for posting District information is the bulletin board at the Yuma County Courthouse in Wray, and here on the Official Posting Place.

RRWCD Meeting Dates

The dates for the regular quarterly board meetings have been set by statute to be the second Thursday of
January, April, July and October. 
The dates for the next 12 months are: 

July 9, 2015 - Holyoke, CO

October 8, 2015 - Wray, CO

January 7, 2016 - Burlington, CO

April 7, 2016 - Yuma, CO

Legislative Reports

To access the Legislative reports to the Colorado Legislature bills we are following for the district, click here. 


The Compact Compliance Pipeline is operating! To read the full article submitted by Deb Daniel, click here.

Special Master William Kayatta, Jr. issued his report in the United States Supreme Court case where Kansas sued Nebraska for damages for Nebraska's compact violations for 2005 and 2006. To view the report, click here

Arbitrator Martha O. Pagel has issued her report on the Colorado Compact Compliance Pipeline dispute pursuant to the Final Settlement Stipulation. To view the report, click here.

Arbitrator Martha O. Pagel has issued her report on the Bonny Reservoir Proposal dispute to Final Settlement Stipulation. To view the report, click here.

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