Kansas Water Science Center

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Year Published: 2020

Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model

The Kansas River provides drinking water for multiple cities in northeastern Kansas and is used for recreational purposes. Thus, improving the scientific knowledge of streamflow velocities and traveltimes will greatly aid in water-treatment plans and response to critical events and threats to water supplies. Dye-tracer studies are usually done to...

Davis, Chantelle A.; Lukasz, Bradley S.; May, Madison R.
Davis, C.A., Lukasz, B.S., and May, M.R., 2020, Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1039, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201039.

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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 A.; 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.

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Year Published: 2019

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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Year Published: 2019

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.

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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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Year Published: 2019

The presence of antibiotic resistance genes in coastal soil and sediment samples from the eastern seaboard of the USA

Infections from antibiotic resistant microorganisms are considered to be one of the greatest global public health challenges that result in huge annual economic losses. While genes that impart resistance to antibiotics (AbR) existed long before the discovery and use of antibiotics, anthropogenic uses of antibiotics in agriculture, domesticated...

Griffin, Dale W.; Benzel, William M.; Fisher, Shawn C.; Focazio, Michael J.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Loftin, Keith A.; Reilly, Timothy J.; Jones, Daniel K.

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Year Published: 2019

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.

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Year Published: 2019

Spatial and temporal variability of harmful algal blooms in Milford Lake, Kansas, May through November 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), completed a study to quantify the spatial and temporal variability of cyanobacterial blooms in Milford Lake, Kansas, over a range of environmental conditions at various time scales (hours to months). A better understanding of the spatial and...

Foster, Guy M.; Graham, Jennifer L.; King, Lindsey R.
Foster, G.M., Graham, J.L., and King, L.R., 2019, Spatial and temporal variability of harmful algal blooms in Milford Lake, Kansas, May through November 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5166, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185166.

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Year Published: 2019

Organic geochemistry and toxicology of a stream impacted by unconventional oil and gas wastewater disposal operations

Water and sediment extracts samples were analyzed for extractable hydrocarbons by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) using an Agilent (Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA, USA) 7890 series GC and 5975 electron ionization (EI) mass selective detector (MSD) operated in scan mode. Agilent ChemStation software was used for data acquisition...

Orem, William H.; Varonka, Matthew S.; Crosby, Lynn M.; Haase, Karl B.; Loftin, Keith A.; Hladik, Michelle; Akob, Denise M.; Tatu, Calin; Mumford, Adam C.; Jaeschke, Jeanne B.; Bates, Anne L.; Schell, Tiffani; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.