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Our Kansas Water Science Center priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices. If you need additional assistance, please contact Andy Ziegler, Center Director, 785-256-5172.

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Drought Information from WaterWatch

Drought Conditions

Current Water Conditions

Current Water Conditions

Streamflow Conditions from The Water Dashboard

Streamflow Condition

New Science Challenges Old Assumptions about Harmful Algal Blooms

New Science Challenges Old Assumptions about Harmful Algal Blooms

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide

HAB News Article

News

Date published: October 21, 2021

KSWSC Quarterly Newsletter - October 2021

October 2021 issue of the KSWSC Quarterly Newsletter from the USGS Kansas Water Science Center.

Date published: October 19, 2021

Media Alert: USGS Dye-Tracing Study on the Kansas River to Aid in Protecting Water Supplies

U.S. Geological Survey scientists and partners will inject a harmless, bright red fluorescent dye into the Kansas River at Wamego, October 20 through 22, weather permitting. 

Date published: July 7, 2021

KSWSC Flyer - July 2021

July 2021 flyer of the KSWSC from the USGS Kansas Water Science Center. Highlighting the Science Seminar Series.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18

The U.S. Geological Survey measured cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase genes, and cyanotoxins at 11 river sites throughout the conterminous United States in a multiyear pilot study during 2017–19 through the National Water Quality Assessment Project to better understand the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in large inland and coastal...

Zuellig, Robert E.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Loftin, Keith A.; Rosen, Barry H.
Zuellig, R.E., Graham, J.L., Stelzer, E.A., Loftin, K.A., and Rosen, B.H., 2021, Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5121, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215121.

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Methods for estimating low-flow frequency statistics, mean monthly and annual flow, and flow-duration curves for ungaged locations in Kansas

Knowledge of the magnitude, frequency, and duration of low flows is critical for water-supply management; reservoir design; waste-load allocation; and the preservation of water quality and quantity for irrigation, recreation, and ecological conservation purposes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Kansas Water Office,...

Lukasz, Bradley S.
Lukasz, B.S., 2021, Methods for estimating low-flow frequency statistics, mean monthly and annual flow, and flow-duration curves for ungaged locations in Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5100, 69 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215100.

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Technical note—Relative variability of selected turbidity standards and sensors in use by the U.S. Geological Survey

The challenges associated with field measurements of turbidity are well known and result primarily from differences in reported values that depend on instrument design and the resulting need for reporting units that are specific to those designs. A critical challenge for making comparable turbidity measurements is the selection and use of...

Foster, Guy M.; King, Lindsey R.; Jastram, John D.; Joiner, John K.; Pellerin, Brian A.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Williams, Thomas J.
Foster, G.M., King, L.R., Jastram, J.D., Joiner, J.K., Pellerin, B.A., Graham, J.L., and Williams, T.J., 2021, Technical note—Relative variability of selected turbidity standards and sensors in use by the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1009, 41 p., 23 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211009.