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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: 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.

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.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies, maintains a long-term network of hydrologic monitoring stations in Kansas. In water year 2018, this network included 219 real-time streamgages. A water year is the 12-month period from October 1 through September 30 and is designated by the...

Unrein, Angela H.
Unrein, A.H., 2019, Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3042, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193042.

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Streamflow—Water year 2018

The maps and graphs in this summary describe national streamflow conditions for water year 2018 (October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018) in the context of streamflow ranks relative to the 89-year period of water years 1930–2018. The illustrations are based on observed data from the U.S. Geological Survey National Streamflow Network. Annual runoff...

Jian, Xiaodong; Wolock, David M.; Brady, Steven J.; Lins, Harry F.
Jian, X., Wolock, D.M., Brady, S.J., and Lins, H.F., 2019, Streamflow—Water year 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3063, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193063.

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An evaluation of methods for computing annual water-quality loads

The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information on the mass, or load, of water-quality constituents transported through rivers and streams sampled as part of the operation of the National Water Quality Network (NWQN). This study evaluates methods for computing annual water-quality loads, specifically with respect to procedures currently (2019)...

Lee, Casey J.; Hirsch, Robert M.; Crawford, Charles G.
Lee, C.J., Hirsch, R.M., and Crawford, C.G., 2019, An evaluation of methods for computing annual water-quality loads: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5084, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195084.