Kansas Water Science Center

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October 16, 2017

Historic Floods Along Arkansas River

Despite often being completely dry during drought conditions in western parts of Kansas, the Arkansas River can become deceptively menacing at high flow and cause millions of dollars in damage. The following briefly describe the Arkansas River Basin in Kansas, chronicle the effects of human development on streamflow in the basin, and provide brief descriptions of some of the larger floods.

December 29, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

The Kansas District receives numerous inquiries, by phone or mail, from citizens attempting to obtain scientific information on a wide variety of subjects. While we always make every attempt to fill an information request, we also feel it is our responsibility to pass on to the appropriate person or agency any request that we are unable to handle directly. Listed under the "Results" are some...

October 16, 2016

Women in Science Day

Welcome to the new Women in Science Day page! Every year in October, Washburn University hosts this event to encourage young ladies to pursue careers in math, science, engineering, and technology. Check out the multimedia tab for downloadable documents of past and future Women in Science Days.

August 15, 2016

Kansas Floods

Floods in Kansas have caused millions of dollars in damage and loss of life. Nationwide, floods are responsible for more property damage and loss of life than any other natural hazard. The USGS monitors flood conditions at more than 180 streamgages across Kansas. Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. Included in this...