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Weather
11:39 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Kansas Drought

A map showing dry conditions covering essentially all of Kansas.
Credit Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

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.

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Government
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security

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Yesterday afternoon Wichita’s Public Works & 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.

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.

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Drought Conditions
3:47 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Drought Conditions Easing In Parts Of Kansas

The drought that has been gripping parts of Kansas appears to be easing.

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."

“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.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Worried About Floods? Have Alerts Texted To Your Phone

The U.S. Geological Survey has a number of data collection stations scattered across Kansas. The stations transmit real-time data to the USGS every 1-4 hours. Emergency transmissions, such as during floods, may be more frequent.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The Kansas Water Office is promoting Water Alert, a service that brings instant, customized updates about water conditions to Kansas residents.

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.

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri August 9, 2013

City Officials: The Drought Is Over

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.

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.

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Agriculture
7:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Rain Brings Needed Relief To Kansas Crops

A new government report shows recent rain and cooler temperatures are relieving the stress on Kansas farm crops.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that producers in many areas of central Kansas saw beneficial amounts of rain in the past week.

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.

Agriculture
1:29 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer

Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service 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.

Water Future
2:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

City Offering $1M In Rebates In Exchange For Water Conservation

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.

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Environment
6:22 am
Fri June 7, 2013

As Drought Drags On, Fish Species Are Disappearing

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.

Biology professor Keith Gido says a few species have disappeared, including the silver chub that was once found in a southern Kansas river.

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.

Water Future
11:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated)

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Updated a 11:03 a.m.

There was a significant development this weekend with water levels at Cheney Reservoir.

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.

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