Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska have reached a new agreement in their longstanding conflict over water in the Republican River basin.
The three states announced Friday that they have signed resolutions following monthly negotiations that stretched over two years.
The two resolutions are intended to provide greater flexibility and certainty for all water users in the region. The states have been locked in legal battles over the water for the last 15 years.
The 1943 compact entitles Nebraska to 49 percent of the river's water, while Kansas receives 40 percent and Colorado gets 11 percent. The Republican River originates in Colorado, crosses the northwestern tip of Kansas into Nebraska, then runs through Nebraska before re-entering Kansas in its northeastern corner.