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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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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

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Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: September 26, 2019

Equus Beds Aquifer Water Quality Nearly Unchanged between 2001 and 2016

Study Shows Water Quality Minimally Affected by Artificial Recharge

Date published: June 26, 2017

Human Activity Alters Streamflow Throughout Kansas

Human activity, such as groundwater pumping, land management, reservoir operations and urbanization, has a measurable effect on streamflows in Kansas locally, regionally and statewide, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey, done in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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Year Published: 2020

Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model

The Kansas River provides drinking water for multiple cities in northeastern Kansas and is used for recreational purposes. Thus, improving the scientific knowledge of streamflow velocities and traveltimes will greatly aid in water-treatment plans and response to critical events and threats to water supplies. Dye-tracer studies are usually done to...

Davis, Chantelle A.; Lukasz, Bradley S.; May, Madison R.
Attribution: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC), Water Resources, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, National Wildlife Health Center, Ecosystems, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Water Resources, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Land Resources, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Core Science Systems, National Geospatial Program, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, Core Science Systems, National Geospatial Program, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Community for Data Integration (CDI), Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS), United States of America, Utah Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Washington Water Science Center, Water Resources, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Science and Decisions Center, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Utah Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, Water, New Jersey Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, New Jersey, United States of America, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Water Resources, Washington Water Science Center, Water Resources, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, National Geospatial Program, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, Water Resources, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, New York, United States of America, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Utah Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Nebraska Water Science Center, Water Resources, New England Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Dakota Water Science Center, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Water Resources, Mineral Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, New England Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Water, New Mexico Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Utah, Switzerland, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Ecosystems, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, New York Water Science Center, Water Resources, Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Alaska Science Center, Region 11: Alaska, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Office of Science Quality and Integrity, Alaska Science Center, Region 11: Alaska, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Water, New Jersey Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, New Jersey, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, United States of America, Water, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Colorado, United States of America, Ecosystems, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Region 11: Alaska, United States of America, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, Ecosystems, Ecosystems, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Region 11: Alaska, United States of America, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Washington Water Science Center, Water Resources, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, National Wildlife Health Center, Ecosystems, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Environmental Health, Kansas Water Science Center, Water Resources
Davis, C.A., Lukasz, B.S., and May, M.R., 2020, Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1039, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201039.

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Multi-region assessment of pharmaceutical exposures and predicted effects in USA wadeable urban-gradient streams

Human-use pharmaceuticals in urban streams link aquatic-ecosystem health to human health. Pharmaceutical mixtures have been widely reported in larger streams due to historical emphasis on wastewater-treatment plant (WWTP) sources, with limited investigation of pharmaceutical exposures and potential effects in smaller headwater streams. In 2014–...

Bradley, Paul; Journey, Celeste A.; Button, Daniel T.; Carlisle, Daren M.; Huffman, B.J.; Qi, Sharon L.; Romanok, Kristin; Van Metre, Peter C.
Attribution: Water, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, Water Resources, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, National Minerals Information Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water Resources, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Water, New Mexico Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, New Mexico, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, United States of America, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, Dakota Water Science Center, New England Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, United States of America, Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection, Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water, Utah Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, New Mexico, United States of America, Washington Water Science Center, Water Resources, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Pennsylvania, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, Land Resources, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, National Geospatial Program, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water Resources, Water, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, National Wildlife Health Center, Ecosystems, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Water Resources, Cooperative Research Units, Cooperative Research Units, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wildlife Program, South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC), Water Resources, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Water, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Utah, United States of America, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Natural Hazards, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Water Resources, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, National Minerals Information Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Pennsylvania, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, United States of America, Oceans, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Oregon Water Science Center, Water Resources, Water Resources, Water, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, New Mexico, United States of America, Nebraska Water Science Center, Water Resources, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, New York Water Science Center, Water Resources, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, United States of America, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Water, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Natural Hazards, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, Water, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Kentucky, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Alaska Science Center, Region 11: Alaska, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, United States of America, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, United States of America, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, United States of America, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Core Science Systems, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Alaska Science Center, Region 11: Alaska, Pacific Islands Water Science Center, Water Resources, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, Ecosystems, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Water, Texas Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 6: Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Measurement of cyanobacteria bloom magnitude using satellite remote sensing

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) are a serious environmental, water quality and public health issue worldwide because of their ability to form dense biomass and produce toxins. Models and algorithms have been developed to detect and quantify cyanoHABs biomass using remotely sensed data but not for quantifying bloom magnitude,...

Mishra, Sachidananda; Stumpf, Richard P. ; Schaeffer, Blake ; Werdell, P. Jeremy ; Loftin, Keith A.; Meredith, Andrew
Attribution: Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, United States of America, Wildland Fire Science, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water Resources, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Science and Decisions Center, Water Resources, Water, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Pennsylvania, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Water Resources, New York Water Science Center, Water Resources, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Land Resources, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Land Change Science Program, United States of America, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, United States of America, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, Natural Hazards, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Alaska, United States of America, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Kansas Water Science Center, Water Resources