Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Hot Topics series (University of Colorado, Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center)


27 pages.


Draft rules and regulations governing the use, control, and protection of surface and ground water rights in the Arkansas River and its tributaries : revised draft, September 6, 1995 / Hal Simpson -- Lower Arkansas Water Management Association viewpoint / David L. Harrison -- Aftermath of Kansas v. Colorado : concerns of surface users / Michael T. Mitchell -- Aftermath of Kansas vs. Colorado : role of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District / Steve Arveschoug

On May 15, 1995 the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the case of Kansas v. Colorado, 1995 WL 283477 (U.S.). At issue was how the Arkansas River Compact (C.R.S. § 37-69-101; or Kan. Stat. Ann. § 82A-520 or 63 Stat. 145, 1949) would be applied between the two states. The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Special Master that well pumping in Colorado has caused material depletion to the usable flow of the Arkansas River and that well pumping has to be regulated.

Alternate Title

Regulation of Well Pumping in the Arkansas Valley