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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.

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Streamflow Conditions from The Water Dashboard

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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: 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

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Year Published: 2019

Water-quality and geochemical variability in the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds aquifer, south-central Kansas, 2001–16

This fact sheet describes water quality and geochemistry of the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds aquifer during 2001 through 2016 as part of the City of Wichita’s Equus Beds aquifer storage and recovery project in south-central Kansas. The Equus Beds aquifer storage and recovery project was developed to help meet future water demand by pumping...

Stone, Mandy L.; Klager, Brian J.; Ziegler, Andrew C.
Stone, M.L., Klager, B.J., and Ziegler, A.C., 2019, Water-quality and geochemical variability in the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds aquifer, south-central Kansas, 2001–16: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3017, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193017.

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Water-quality and geochemical variability in the Little Arkansas River and Equus aquifer, south-central Kansas, 2001–16

The city of Wichita’s water supply currently (2019) comes from two primary sources: Cheney Reservoir and the Equus Beds aquifer. The Equus Beds aquifer storage and recovery project was developed to help the city of Wichita meet increasing future water demands. Source water for artificial recharge comes from the Little Arkansas River during above-...

Stone, Mandy L.; Klager, Brian J.; Ziegler, Andrew C.
Stone, M.L., Klager, B.J., and Ziegler, A.C., 2019, Water-quality and geochemical variability in the Little Arkansas River and Equus Beds aquifer, south-central Kansas, 2001–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5026, 79 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195026.

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Evaluation of streambed-sediment metals concentrations in the Spring River Basin, Cherokee County Superfund site, Kansas, 2017

To evaluate the magnitude of, and change in, mining-related contamination, streambed-sediment samples were collected from 30 sampling sites in the Spring River Basin in the Cherokee County Superfund site, southeast Kansas, in July and August 2017. The Cherokee County Superfund site is part of the Tri-State Mining District, an area that covers...

Klager, Brian J.; Juracek, Kyle E.
Klager, B.J., and Juracek, K.E., 2019, Evaluation of streambed-sediment metals concentrations in the Spring River Basin, Cherokee County Superfund site, Kansas, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5046, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195046.