Frequently Asked Questions
The Kansas District receives numerous inquiries, by phone or mail, from citizens attempting
to obtain scientific information on a wide variety of subjects, including floods and
droughts. While we always make every attempt to fill an information request, we also feel it
is our responsibility to pass on to the appropriate person or agency any request that we are
unable to handle directly. Listed below are some frequently asked questions with answers to
better guide you in obtaining appropriate information.
Where can I obtain information about streamflow and drought conditions for streams in
More information may be obtained on the Internet at the following sites:
What is the status of the lakes and reservoirs in Kansas?
Reservoirs in Kansas
What areas of the United States are experiencing drought?
On the Internet check the following sites:
What is a drought?
Some sites that help in understanding droughts are:
How does El Niño/La Niña affect droughts/floods?
In Kansas, there is a tendency for El Niño to increase rainfall
slightly and for La Niña to decrease it slightly. Normally, during an
El Niño, the southern half of the Nation is wet while the northern half
is dry. During the La Niña, this tendency is reversed. Kansas, being in
the center of the Nation, can go either way.
On the internet check the following sites: