Water Dispute to Supreme Court

Arguments in the long-running water dispute between Colorado and Kansas will be heard by the Supreme Court Monday.

Denver water lawyer David Robbins will represent Colorado at the hearing and will argue that Colorado should only have to pay Kansas $29 million for violating the Arkansas River Compact.

Kansas is seeking $53 million.

Kansas sued in 1984 claiming that Colorado was withholding too much water from the Arkansas River as it flowed into Kansas. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kansas in 1995. Still at issue is how much Colorado owes for taking the water, and how the compact should be enforced in the future.