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KU survey maps Kansas lakes, analyzes reservoir conditions

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.

The Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas just published a new kind of map: the state’s first Atlas of Kansas Lakes, a prepared statement from the university said.

The atlas is designed to be colorful, chart-heavy and useful, given what it outlines. At a time of water shortages and population and agricultural pressures, it details information on nearly 80 reservoirs and analyzes conditions. Some of the state’s older, active reservoirs are half-filled with sediment, and the good they do is diminishing.

Survey scientists have studied the reservoirs for years, mapping lake bottoms, addressing sedimentation, testing water clarity, testing for chemicals – including those that can lead to algal blooms, the KU statement said.

The publication is designed to be helpful to policy makers and planners, local governments, scientists, teachers, students and anyone else interested, the KU statement said.

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