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What it is: Information about stream conditions across Kansas
Why you would want it: To check for potential flooding in an area you plan to visit or view recent conditions on a waterway where you're planning to fish, canoe or kayak. Or just to learn more about water conditions anywhere in Kansas. You can click on a stream gauge location and get detailed conditions and forecasts, or sign up for e-mail or text alerts.
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How to get it: Go to http://tinyurl.com/2dna6vj.
How much it will cost: The information is free.