Kansas probably won't stay quiet for $10,000
July 6, 2009

Nebraska and Kansas have been locked in an interstate battle of governments and water users over rights to water assigned by the Republican River Compact. Kansas accuses Nebraska of over-using water from the river, but Nebraska officials disagree. The case has been migrating its way through the legal process since last fall, starting with non-binding arbitration. The arbitrator, however, has just handed down a decision that sides mostly with Nebraska, assigning it to pay a token $10,000 settlement to Kansas for its over-use of the water. Kansas officials will almost certainly take the case to the US Supreme Court, as they have threatened to do throughout the dispute. Long-term drought in the region has affected recreational, hydroelectric, and agricultural uses of water alike, and there have certainly been effects on municipal water use as well.

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