Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (KS) Drought Activities Update

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:00:19 EDT

Summary: The USGS continues to closely monitor the drought conditions in the State of Kansas

Hydrologic Conditions: The U.S. Drought Monitor for August 28, 2012 shows the entire state of Kansas in severe drought or worse, with “exceptional” drought (the most severe category) covering most of the state. 56 of the 194 streamgages in the state are currently measuring no flow, and 3 of the remaining sites that are flowing (with >30 years of record) are at record low flows for the day of the year. All of that said, light rain showers fell over most of the state earlier this week, so streamflow conditions in parts of Kansas are slightly better than they were a week ago.
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.
Special projects: Synoptic flow measurement "seepage runs" are planned for early next month on 3 smaller basins (Verdigris, Fall and Neosho).
Communications and outreach: The Kansas Drought Webpage was updated. http://ks.water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/drought/index.shtml
The USGS has had no media coverage of the drought this week in Kansas, as rain improved conditions somewhat.

Sub-Region: Midwest; Region: Central United States

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