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Kansas attorney general claims Nebraska is violating water pact

December 19, 2007

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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.

Comments

truthhurts 6 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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ilikestuff 6 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.

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Wilbur_Nether 6 years, 4 months ago

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

My apologies.

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Wilbur_Nether 6 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.

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Kontum1972 6 years, 4 months ago

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

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Kontum1972 6 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?

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plumberscrack 6 years, 4 months ago

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. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Nebraska must now attend seminars on how to share water better with Kansas as punishment!

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trinity 6 years, 4 months ago

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

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

TOB, you are in rare form today. ;)

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 4 months ago

We'll leave Dorothy on the other side of the state line when we are through pillaging. --

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

We probably won't need much more than that. We'll just wait for the inevitable ethanol market collapse and then we'll stoll over there. They will be in such a depressed mood that they will just be staring at a corn cob saying over and over again, "it looked like gold. It looked like gold." They'll just let us have the water.

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observantone 6 years, 4 months ago

I have family with lots of land in Oberlin - we could set up camp there. How funny.

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spywell 6 years, 4 months ago

What happens in Nebraska! Stays in Nebraska! lol.

Got to rally the bases on this one for sure.

I thought a few years ago, Sebelius was beating this dead horse. CMIW-AFAIR.

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acg 6 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?

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trinity 6 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. ;)

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Write2Know 6 years, 4 months ago

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

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preebo 6 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.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 4 months ago

Kansas and Nebraska have been fighting over water for decades. Dialogue and diplomacy have failed. It's time for war. Grab your pitchforks and shotguns and we are taking McCook first.

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logicsound04 6 years, 4 months ago

acg,

I think that scenario would only apply if Morrison hadn't already resigned. There isn't much political advantage (other than the goodwill he'll generate from continuing to work hard until the end of his soon-to-be-over term) to gain from distracting people when you've already paid the consequences for the original infraction.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 4 months ago

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

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acg 6 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.

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