Water Resources of the United States
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:29:59 EDT
Summary: Drought conditions improve slightly in eastern Kansas thanks to hurricane Isaac, but most of the state still very dry.
Hydrologic Conditions: The U.S. Drought Monitor for September 4, 2012 shows the entire state of Kansas in severe drought or worse, with “exceptional” drought (the most severe category) covering about half of the state. Conditions have improved slightly in the eastern part of the state after rain from hurricane Isaac fell last weekend. 46 of the 194 streamgages in the state are currently measuring no flow, and 4 of the remaining sites that are flowing (with >30 years of record) are at record low flows for the day of the year.
Streamgages: Routine measurements are being made. No emergency repairs caused by low flows were needed during the last week.
Water quality: Several of the sites in the state where QW is monitored are still dry.
Communications and outreach: The Kansas Drought Webpage was updated. http://ks.water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/drought/index.shtml
On September 3, Brian Loving, was contacted by USA Today about the current drought conditions and the recent rains that occurred over the past weekend. The article appeared in USA Today on September 4 and can be found at:
Sub-Region: Midwest; Region: Central United States