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Water Agencies & Groups


Kansas Water Office

Kansas Geological Survey Hydrology

Kansas Water Science Center, USGS

Friends of the Kaw, non-profit


U.S. Water Resources, USGS



WIZARD Water Well Levels Database
Kansas Geological Survey

Water Level Reports
Kansas Geological Survey

Kansas Drought Report
Kansas Water Office

Kansas Drought Watch
Kansas Water Science Center, United States Geological Survey

newSouthwest Kansas Drought Page
National Weather Service

newU.S. Drought Monitor - Kansas
U.S. Drought Monitor - University of Nebraska

Storm Water

The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program, includes maps, reports, & other info

City of Lawrence Storm Water Engineering, includes links to studies, master plans, & project plans

City of Leawood Stormwater & Runoff, includes rules & regs, city services, & committees





Brownback: Davis not credible on water issues
(Hutchinson News, Sep. 3, 2014)

Brownback pledges to tap expertise on water policy
(Topeka Capital Journal, Sep. 3, 2014)

Proponent of Kansas Aqueduct project pushes plan before Legislature
(Lawrence Journal-World, Feb. 3, 2014)

Kansas considers aqueduct to get water from the Missouri River
(Garden City Telegram, Feb. 3, 2014)

Editorial: Aquifer and agriculture
(Lawrence Journal-World, Jan. 10, 2014)

Former ag secretary addresses water issues, aquifer depletion
(Lawrence Journal-World, Jan. 6, 2014)

Western Kansas ponders its future as geologists measure aquifer decline
(Lawrence Journal-World, Jan. 5, 2014)

Missouri governor asks Brownback to back off of study on diverting water from Missouri River
(Lawrence Journal-World, Nov. 22, 2013)

Kansas looking at Missouri River to help irrigate western Kansas
(Lawrence Journal-World, Nov. 19, 2013)

Reservoir sustainability is key focus of long-term water policy plan ordered by governor
(Lawrence Journal-World, Nov. 3, 2013)

Could An Aqueduct from the Missouri River Help Preserve the Ogallala Aquifer and SW Kansas Life?
(High Plains Public Radio, Oct. 28, 2013)

Kansas and Army Corps Revive Study to Ship Water from Missouri River to Ogallala Aquifer
(Circle of Blue, Oct. 24, 2013)

Nebraska's solution to water shortage is to make the problem even worse
(Hutchinson News, Oct. 9, 2013)

Editorial: Kansas River is a Kansas asset
(Hutchinson News, Sept. 29, 2013)

Water restrictions eased in Ellsworth
(Ellwworth Independent Reporter, August 28, 2013)

Farm groups host drought workshops for ranchers
(KSN TV, Wichita, August 21, 2013)

Ellsworth's search for water continues
(Ellwworth Independent Reporter, July 22, 2013)

Wichita City Council may get tough with heavy water users
(Wichita Eagle, Feb. 26, 2013)

Wichita's Water Supply Dwindling
(Wichita Eagle, Feb. 25, 2013)

Bodies of water are feeling effects of the drought
(Cheney Times-Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2013)

Aquifer sees 2nd largest decline on record in 2012
(Lawrence Journal World, Feb. 5, 2013)

State mobilizing as drought continues
(Hays Daily News, Dec. 21, 2012)

Russell not ready to call for water
(Hays Daily News, Dec. 20, 2012)

Water is at the center of energy development in Kansas
(High Plains Journal, Nov. 20, 2012)

Water considerations for Kansas' future discussed at conference
(Midwest Producer, Nov. 14, 2012)

Brownback hosts Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas
(High Plains Journal, Nov. 12, 2012)

Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds
(Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2012)

Wastewater leak apparently behind bacteria in Arkansas River
(Wichita Eagle, May 27, 2012)

Kansas officials prepare for toxic algae blooms
(Wichita Eagle, May 10, 2012)

Governor to sign Kansas water measure
(Hutchinson News, April 16, 2012)

Water rights applications accepted
(Topeka Capital-Journal, April 12, 2012)

Drought's damage to aquifers documented
(Garden City Telegram, March 30, 2012)

Brownback signing water policy changes
(Topeka Capital-Journal, March 5, 2012)

Kansas water policy proposals advancing
(Hays Daily News, Feb. 2, 2012)

Legislators take up Kansas water policy plans
(Lawrence Journal World, Jan. 26, 2012)

Kansas farmers claim $1 billion after drought
(Lawrence Journal World, Jan. 26, 2012)

Support grows for Kansas water policy reforms
(Lawrence Journal World, Jan. 3, 2012)

Consensus building around water conservation
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 2, 2012)

Kansas reservoirs filling up with sediment
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 13, 2011)

K-State Researchers to Release Kansas River Dredging Study
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 5, 2011)

Gov. Sam Brownback says water plan will help Ogallala Aquifer
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 1, 2011)

Major Dredging Expansion Threatens Kansas River
(Lawrence Journal World, Nov. 17, 2011)

Sediment's a growing problem in Kansas lake and reservoirs
(Wichita Eagle, Oct. 23, 2011)

State makes battle plan for toxic algae
(Lawrence Journal World, Oct. 24, 2011)

Students learn importance of water, water everywhere
(Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 30, 2011)

EPA official stresses clean water advocacy
(Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 27 2011)

Algal toxins have decreased in Kaw
(Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 21 2011)

Concerns about blue-green algae shut down Kaw River Water Treatment Plant
(Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 15 2011)

SW Kansas town battling to keep water flowing
(Dodge City Globe, August 23, 2011)

Veterinarians confirm 1 dog dead due to exposure blue-green exposure
(Dodge City Globe, August 19, 2011)

Big flooding events should spark planners to re-evaluate preparedness plans, one group of scientists say
(Lawrence Journal World, June 23, 2011)

EPA encouraging those in Missouri River flood path to move hazardous items to safe locations
(Lawrence Journal World, June 22, 2011)

Keep lawns green while conserving water on hot summer days
(Lawrence Journal World, June 16, 2011)

Editorial: Kansans are fighting both flood and drought
(Kansas City Star, June 15, 2011)

Area still under extreme drought
(Liberal (KS) Leader & Times, June 15, 2011)

Kansas faces weather extremes: drought to deluge
(Kansas City Star, June 12, 2011)

Kan. governor seeks new drought disaster declaration
(Hutchinson News, June 11, 2011)

Groundwater Levels Declined Across Western and Central Kansas
(Kansas Geological Survey Press Release, April 14, 2011)

Rain barrels for your irrigation needs
(Kansas City Examiner, July 23, 2010)

Rain gardens help with water runoff, purification
(Lawrence Journal World, September 16, 2005)


Drought leads to livestock sales
(Dodge City Globe, August 16, 2011)

The new water wars? Study shows broad decline in Rockies snowpack.
(Christian Science Monitor, June 10, 2011)

Opinion: Let’s dam our water
(Kearney (Neb.) Hub, June 2, 2011)

'Fracking' for natural gas is polluting ground water, study concludes
(Christian Science Monitor, May 9, 2011)

Colo. farmers already compete with cities for pricey water rights
(Kearney (Neb.) Hub, July 22, 2010)

Editorial: Our water footprint is straining the resource
(Kearney (Neb.) Hub, Nov. 19, 2009)


newRain Barrels


Rain Barrel Information, Bridging the Gap

Rain Barrels, Kansas Center for Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment

Rain Barrels, Overland Park, KS

Conserve Water with Rain Barrels, MARC

How-to Guides

VideoHow to Make A Rain Barrel, City of Andover

VideoRain Barrels - A Green Way to Conserve Water, K-State Research & Extension

How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel, City of Lawrence

Build Your Own Rain Barrel, MARC


Wichita Rain Barrels, Wichita

newRain Gardens


10,000 Rain Gardens, Kansas City, MO

Rain Gardens, Lenexa, KS

Rain Gardens, MARC

How-to Guides

Rain-Garden Design and Implementation for Kansas Property Owners, K-State International Center Demonstration Project

How to Make A Rain Barrel, MARC

Demonstration Projects

De Soto Rain Garden, Friends of the Kaw, DeSoto

K-State ISC Rain Garden, K-State Sustainability, Manhattan

KU Student Rain Garden, KU Center for Sustainability, Lawrence

Sunset Zoo's New Rain-Garden, Manhattan


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