Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Kansas attorney general claims Nebraska is violating water pact

December 19, 2007


Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison and state water officials accused the state of Nebraska this morning of using too much water and violating the Republican River compact.

"Actions by the state of Nebraska have been grossly insufficient and unacceptable, resulting in significant injury to Kansas," Morrison said in a statement. "Steps currently being contemplated by Nebraska will continue to be insufficient and continue to deprive Kansans of the water they need."

Morrison and Kansas Division of Water Resources officials have sent letters to the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. Kansas officials point to a 2003 settlement between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado meant to help regulate water usage.

Kansas filed that lawsuit in 1998 because farmers complained they weren't getting their entitled water from the original 1943 compact.

Kansas and Nebraska leaders have talked about the issue for months, as Kansas has accused Nebraska of not coming up with a sufficient plan to reduce water usage after the 2003 settlement.

According to the letters released this morning, Kansas' proposals include that Nebraska pay monetary damages for violations in 2005 and 2006 and "a shutdown of wells and groundwater irrigation in Nebraska within 2.5 miles of the Republican River and its tributaries."

According to Morrison's office, Nebraska has used 82,870 more acre feet of water than it was entitled in 2005 and 2006. For example, Topeka uses about 29,000 acre feet per year.

In his statement, Morrison said Nebraska had 45 days to consider Kansas' offer. Kansas intends to seek litigation if the Republican River Compact Administration does not help achieve a resolution, he said.

The Journal-World left messages this morning with spokeswomen for the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Bruning's office.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


acg 10 years, 4 months ago

This is reminiscient, to me, of a movie I saw many moons ago. It was about the President's approval rating being in the crapper so his people decide to start a war, with Canada of all places, to divert attention from the fact that the president was a moron. I read this story and got a brief mental flash of angry, put-upon Kansans invading Nebraska and demanding our water back while Paul (whom I love btw) diddles interns and secretaries back home, everyone having forgotten what this was originally about. Ha! You gotta love politics.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 4 months ago

acg Maybe it's Morrison trying to do his job until January when he is gone. Are you from Nebraska?

preebo 10 years, 4 months ago

He is not trying to distract anyone from his resignation. He is attempting to finish his work as AG for the state of Kansas, just as Kline filed bogus charges against Tiller and Planned Parenthood before he left office, which were subsequently dropped after Morrison came into office. The only difference, is this issue (Water) effects all Kansas' and not just a small very vocal minority. See, Morrison was the Attorney General for Kansas, whereas, Kline was the General Counsel for the Right to Life Coalition.

Write2Know 10 years, 4 months ago

This is only going to get worse with increased Ethanol production.

trinity 10 years, 4 months ago

oh geez, acg i LOVED your post! you gotta sense of humor going on that i appreciate.

i'm going to have to join the forces for the mccook surge armed with a garden hoe-it's all i have. ;)

acg 10 years, 4 months ago

Hehee, at least TOB and trinity can occasionally chuckle. Hey dorothy, does anything at all wipe that sour puss off of your mug? Or do you just walk around with a sense of righteous indignation everywhere you go?

trinity 10 years, 4 months ago

can our flag be a picture of a hoe, with a bottle of perrier beside it?

Kontum1972 10 years, 4 months ago

uhhhh.....well if the Kansas Natl Guard wasnt deployed we could invade Nebraska....destroy the infrastructure, confiscate the corn to make ethanol then raise the prices..and make some big bucks....what ya think gang?

Kontum1972 10 years, 4 months ago

oh acg already had this idea....well acg we are on the same page...

Wilbur_Nether 10 years, 4 months ago

acg, I believe you are talking about the movie titled "Wag the Dog." The war wasn't against Canada, it was against Albania who was supposedly trying to sneak a "dirty bomb" across the Canadian border into the U.S.

I think if the AG wanted to distract attention from himself, he would select a juicier topic than "water rights" to get Kansans to rally around him....

Then again, I've been wrong before.

Wilbur_Nether 10 years, 4 months ago

My bad, acg. You are referring to the Alan Alda film "Canadian Bacon."

My apologies.

ilikestuff 10 years, 4 months ago

logicsound04 (Anonymous) says: ... when you've already paid the consequences for the original infraction.

Umm, not even close. He didn't resign b/c of an affair. There are plenty of consequences to come.

Patrick Wilbur 10 years, 4 months ago

"Actions by the state of Nebraska have been grossly insufficient and unacceptable"

Are we sure he's not referring to their football team?

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