drought http://kmuw.org en Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Kansas Drought http://kmuw.org/post/recent-heavy-rains-wont-eliminate-kansas-drought <p></p><p>Some areas of Kansas have seen four or more inches of rain in recent days, but that won't be enough to eliminate drought conditions in the state. As Stephen Koranda reports, rain in the coming weeks will play a critical role in determining whether the drought stays or goes.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:39:02 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35774 at http://kmuw.org Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Kansas Drought Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-public-works-talks-future-citys-water-security <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday afternoon Wichita’s Public Works &amp; Utilities Department gave a presentation on the future of water supply in the area. City Council members were in attendance and ideas concerning both conservation, as well as new sources of water, were discussed.</p><p></p><p>Wichita’s Public Works Director Alan King presented a power point demonstration about what could be done to sure up the city’s water supply until the year 2060. King’s model included five plans that he said take into consideration both effectiveness and the city’s budget.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:36:24 +0000 Sean Sandefur 32759 at http://kmuw.org Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security Drought Conditions Easing In Parts Of Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/drought-conditions-easing-parts-kansas <p>The drought that has been gripping parts of Kansas appears to be easing.</p><p>Just a few months ago, about 97 percent of Kansas was considered to be experiencing drought conditions. Now, much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal. That's according to Mary Knapp, with Kansas State University, who called the turnaround "exceptional."</p><p>“In central and southeastern Kansas we’ve actually gone from drought to deluge. We’ve got a number of locations that have seen incredible amounts of rain in the last three weeks,” Knapp said.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:47:44 +0000 Stephen Koranda 22006 at http://kmuw.org Worried About Floods? Have Alerts Texted To Your Phone http://kmuw.org/post/worried-about-floods-have-alerts-texted-your-phone-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas Water Office is promoting </span><a href="http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Water Alert</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a service that brings instant, customized updates about water conditions to Kansas residents.</span></p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey created Water Alert to give people timely information about river, lake and groundwater conditions. It's a nationwide service, but there are over a dozen data collection stations in the Wichita area alone.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:04:01 +0000 Kate Clause 21877 at http://kmuw.org Worried About Floods? Have Alerts Texted To Your Phone City Officials: The Drought Is Over http://kmuw.org/post/city-officials-drought-over <p>City of Wichita officials announced Friday the drought that threatened the area’s water supply the two past summers and heightened conservation efforts is officially over.<br><br>In a release Friday, the city reports Cheney Lake, the city’s primary water source, reached full capacity in the early hours of Thursday from 73.6 percent on July 29. Earlier this year, the lake was as low as 58 percent capacity, causing city officials to encourage conservation efforts through a media campaign, a rebate program and other measures aimed at extending the area’s water supply.<br> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:52:31 +0000 Chandra Stauffer 21702 at http://kmuw.org Rain Brings Needed Relief To Kansas Crops http://kmuw.org/post/rain-brings-needed-relief-kansas-crops <p>A new government report shows recent rain and cooler temperatures are relieving the stress on Kansas farm crops.<br><br>The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that producers in many areas of central Kansas saw beneficial amounts of rain in the past week.<br><br>Central Kansas had the biggest improvement in topsoil moisture, although eastern and western sections also showed some improvement. Topsoil moisture is still in short supply across 56 percent of Kansas.<br> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:18:44 +0000 Associated Press 21159 at http://kmuw.org Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer http://kmuw.org/post/despite-recent-rains-kansas-crops-and-pastures-suffer <p>Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.</p><p><a href="http://www.nass.usda.gov/">The National Agricultural Statistics Service</a> reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures are still suffering from lack of rain. The agency said it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:29:50 +0000 Associated Press 20828 at http://kmuw.org City Offering $1M In Rebates In Exchange For Water Conservation http://kmuw.org/post/city-offering-1m-rebates-exchange-water-conservation <p>The city of Wichita unveiled Thursday a $1 million rebate program to continue to encourage residents to conserve water. The program starts Monday and runs through December 31.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:21:35 +0000 Kate Clause 19540 at http://kmuw.org As Drought Drags On, Fish Species Are Disappearing http://kmuw.org/post/drought-drags-fish-species-are-disappearing <p>A Kansas State University researcher says the prolonged North American drought is taking a toll on some species of fish and affecting their long-term viability.<br><br>Biology professor Keith Gido says a few species have disappeared, including the silver chub that was once found in a southern Kansas river.<br><br>He said a survey found 300 of the fish in the summer of 2011 but only three in 2012 - and none in a sampling this spring.<br> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:22:13 +0000 Associated Press 18488 at http://kmuw.org 7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated) http://kmuw.org/post/7-questions-and-answers-about-wichitas-water-future-updated <p><strong>Updated a 11:03 a.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a significant development this weekend with water levels at Cheney Reservoir.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Thursday's storm created heavy drainage into the lake, causing the level to rise from 64 percent last Thursday to 72 percent on Saturday. As of Monday morning, Cheney is up more than 13,000 acre feet of water since before the rain event last Thursday.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 18133 at http://kmuw.org 7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated)