|Pipeline will operate in 2014|
|Written by Deb Daniel, RRWCD general manager|
Thanks to the continuous efforts and cooperation of the Republican River Water Conservation District, the Sandhills Groundwater Management District and the State of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado unanimously approved a resolution that allows Colorado to operate the Compact Compliance Pipeline and deliver water to the North Fork of the Republican River for one year—2014.
On May 5, Colorado submitted to the Republican River Compact Administration the Resolution Approving and Augmentation Plan for the Colorado Compact Compliance Pipeline. Nebraska and Colorado voted in favor of the resolution. Kansas voted against it.
Colorado then instituted mandatory non-binding arbitration disputing Kansas’ decision and requesting the arbitrator find Kansas had acted unreasonably. During a three-day hearing Oct. 1-3, Martha Pagel, acting as the arbitrator, listened to testimony regarding the pipeline proposal.
On Nov. 27, Pagel published her decision regarding the arbitration, finding that, although Colorado had met all the requirements for approval of the CCP, Kansas nevertheless did not act unreasonably in not approving the CCP.
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