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Information about water is fundamental to the economic well-being, protection of life and property, and effective management of Kansas and the Nation’s water resources. The USGS Kansas Water Science Center partners with more than 40 Federal, State and Local agencies to monitor, assess, and conduct unbiased research on a wide range of water resources and conditions.

WaterWatch Drought Data

WaterWatch Drought Data

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: 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.

Date published: March 31, 2017

20 Years Researching Harmful Algal Blooms Supports Sustainable Water Supply in Wichita

Two decades of harmful algal bloom, nutrient and sediment research by the U.S. Geological Survey is helping to support Wichita’s long-term vision of a sustainable water supply into the future. Early warning indicators of harmful algal blooms have been developed for Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, according to a new USGS publication done in cooperation with the City of Wichita, Kansas.

Date published: July 18, 2016

Water Quality Nearly Unchanged by Artificial Recharge Activities in Wichita

Study shows water quality minimally affected in nearby streams and groundwater

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Water-quality conditions with an emphasis on cyanobacteria and associated toxins and taste-and-odor compounds in the Kansas River, Kansas, July 2012 through September 2016

Cyanobacteria cause a multitude of water-quality concerns, including the potential to produce toxins and taste-and-odor compounds that may cause substantial economic and public health concerns, and are of particular interest in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers that are used for drinking-water supply. Extensive cyanobacterial blooms typically do not...

Graham, Jennifer L.; Foster, Guy M.; Williams, Thomas J.; Mahoney, Matthew D.; May, Madison R.; Loftin, Keith A.
Graham, J.L., Foster, G.M., Williams, T.J., Mahoney, M.D., May, M.R., and Loftin, K.A., 2018, Water-quality conditions with an emphasis on cyanobacteria and associated toxins and taste-and-odor compounds in the Kansas River, Kansas, July 2012 through September 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5089, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185089.

Year Published: 2018

Book review: Handbook of cyanobacterial monitoring and cyanotoxin analysis

Review of Meriluoto, Jussi, Lisa Spoof, and GeoffreyA. Codd [eds.]. 2017. Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chichester, West Sussex, UK, ISBN 978‐1‐119‐06868‐6 (978‐1‐119‐06876‐1 eBook), DOI 10.1002/9781119068761.

Graham, Jennifer L.; Loftin, Keith A.
Graham, J.L. and Loftin, K.A., 2018, Book Review - Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis: Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 25(2), p. 61-62.

Year Published: 2017

Investigating the influence of nitrate nitrogen on post-smolt Atlantic salmon Salmo salar reproductive physiology in water recirculation aquaculture systems

A major issue affecting land-based, closed containment Atlantic salmon Salmo salar growout production in water recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) is precocious male maturation, which can negatively impact factors such as feed conversion, fillet yield, and product quality. Along with other water quality parameters, elevated ...

Good, Christopher; Davidson, John; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Meyer, Michael T.; Dietze, Julie E.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Marancik, David; Birkett, Jill; Williams, Christina; Summerfelt, Steven T.