Kansas Water Science Center

Water Availability and Use

In Kansas, there are two primary sources of water: surface waters (rivers, streams, reservoirs, and lakes), and groundwater aquifers. Both sources provide for a variety of uses, including residential, business, industry, agriculture, energy production, and recreation. The USGS Kansas Water Science Center collects basic hydrological data and conducts studies to understand how much water is currentl

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Date published: June 19, 2017
Status: Active

Real-Time Streamflow Data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was established by an act of Congress on March 3, 1879, to provide a per­manent Federal agency to perform the systematic and scientific "classification of the public lands, and examination of the geologic structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain." Surface-water activities of the USGS in Kansas are part of the Survey’s Water Mission...

Contacts: Craig Painter
Date published: June 14, 2017
Status: Active

Urban Water Quality Monitoring in Johnson County Kansas

Johnson County, a suburban part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, is one of the most populated counties in Kansas with 544,000 people in 2010, a 21 percent increase in population since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Located in northeastern Kansas, about one-half of the county is urban. Urban, industrial, and agricultural land uses affect the quality of streams and lakes in the...

Date published: June 1, 2017
Status: Active

Sediment Monitoring in the Neosho and Cottonwood River Basins

The USGS Kansas Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Kansas Water Office, maintains a sediment monitoring network on the Neosho and Cottonwood Rivers both up- and downstream from John Redmond Reservoir. The purpose of this network is to assess the sediment loads and trapping efficiency of John Redmond Reservoir, and provide data to state agencies to determine the effect of streambank...

Contacts: Ariele Kramer
Date published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

Water Supply and Use

Kansas Water Use information is critical for water supply planning, regulation, and scientific studies that further our understanding of water resources.

Date published: June 16, 2016
Status: Active

Equus Beds Recharge Project

The water supply for the city of Wichita, south-central Kansas, currently comes from the Equus Beds aquifer and Cheney Reservoir. Because these sources are not expected to meet projected city water needs into the 21st century (Warren and others, 1995), artificial recharge of the Equus Beds aquifer was investigated as one alternative to meet future water-supply demands. An additional potential...