Colo., Kan. In Top Court in Water Dispute

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Colorado is getting ready for the final phase in a 23-year dispute with Kansas over water from the Arkansas river.

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Denver (AP) Colorado is getting ready for the final phase in a 23-year dispute with Kansas over water from the Arkansas river.

The two states are scheduled to appear before the U.S. Supreme court Monday. Kansas wants the court to order Colorado to pay an additional $9.2 million in legal costs from a 1985 lawsuit.

Kansas successfully argued that upstream wells in Colorado were pumping water that legally belonged to Kansas under the 60-year-old Arkansas River Compact. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kansas in 1995, and Colorado paid Kansas $34.6 million in 2005 for overpumping. But Kansas argues the $1.1 million Colorado paid in court costs is not enough.

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