Groundwater and Streamflow
The USGS Kansas Water Science Center monitors groundwater and streamflow, including floods and droughts, related to water resources at the local/state/regional/national scales.
Continuous real-time streamflow information is a vital Kansas asset that can safeguard lives and
property and ensures adequate water resources for a healthy State economy. The USGS Kansas Water
Science Center has collected precision hydrologic data since 1895 with the first Cooperative Water
matching funds agreement for 6 streamflow gages with the Kansas Water Board (predecessor to the
Kansas Water Office). The USGS operates more than 200 streamflow-monitoring stations in Kansas.
These streamflow data are available and the flood and drought conditions in Kansas and the Nation
Groundwater measurements are made in partnership with the Groundwater management Districts 1-5,
city of Wichita, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources, and Kansas Geological
Survey. These measurements are part of a number of local and state studies and as part of the
statewide network operated by the Kansas Geological Survey.