Governing Law and Regulations
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 USC 4321 to 4347 and 40 CFR 1500 to 1508
Water projects: Kansas Statutes Annotated (KS Stat. Ann.) 82a-325 to 82a-327
Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Water Resources
U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) Region 7
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas has no additional requirement for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) beyond the federal requirements. The federal law applies only to major projects involving federal agencies and having the potential for significant environmental impacts. Kansas follows the federal requirements for EISs. For more information, see the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) requires environmental review for water projects under the state's Water Projects Environmental Coordination Act.
• Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the preparation of the federal EISs. KDA administers and enforces the environmental review requirements for water projects in Kansas.
KS Stat. Ann. 82a-325 to 82a-327
The state Water Projects Environmental Coordination Act requires that the environmental effect be considered before a water development project is approved. All stream obstructions and floodplain fill projects are reviewed by KDA, in addition to these seven other state agencies:
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Kansas Forest Service
- State Biological ...