Kansas Water Science Center


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


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.


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Year Published: 2020

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; Button, Daniel T.; Carlisle, Daren M.; Huffman, B.J.; Qi, Sharon L.; Romanok, Kristin; Van Metre, Peter C.

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Year Published: 2019

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

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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.