Kansas Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kansas Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid waste facilities: Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR) 28-29-102

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Stream obstructions: Kansas Statutes Annotated (KS Stat. Ann.) 82a-301 to 82a-305a

Permit applications: KS Stat. Ann. 82a-302

Chief engineer investigations: KS Stat. Ann. 82a-303b

Fills and levees: KS Stat. Ann. 24-126

Regulatory Agencies

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Water

Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Water Resources

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Kansas City District Office Tulsa District Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kansas does not have specific wetlands permitting regulations. Applications for most wetlands projects are made directly to the Corps's district office in Kansas City, Missouri. However, the state must provide a water quality certification before any wetland permit may be issued in Kansas. See the national section WETLANDS for a review of the federal wetlands permitting requirements. Kansas has adopted, by reference, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States, which prohibits the extension of mixing zones into any classified wetland.

The Kansas Sewage Act prohibits the discharge of any sewage into the waters of the state, including wetlands. Sewage includes virtually all pollutants. See the state section WATER (REGULATORY OVERVIEW) for a list of sections that cover the various water protection regulations in Kansas. In addition, the state has rules that prohibit construction of new or expanded waste sites or ...


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