Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA)
Arkansas River Compact
The Arkansas River Compact (Compact) was negotiated over a period of approximately three years by representatives of Colorado, Kansas, and the federal government. This Compact was encouraged by previous litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. The resulting Compact was signed by Colorado and Kansas commissioners on December 14, 1948 along with the federal representative. The Compact was then ratified by the legislatures of both Colorado and Kansas and approved by Congress in 1949.
Article I of the Compact provides that “The major purposes of this Compact are to: