Water http://kcur.org en What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul http://kcur.org/post/whats-going-below-update-sewer-system-overhaul <p>Who's digging in the street outside your window? Hopefully, it's Kansas City Water Services.</p><p>The city recently embarked on a major, multi-billion-dollar <a href="http://kcur.org/post/25-years-25-billion-kc-launches-big-sewer-project">overhaul of the combined sewer and wastewater system</a>, which was first laid out in the nineteenth century.</p><p>Four years into the overhaul, officials from the Water Services Department visited the <em>Central Standard</em> studios to remind us why we're doing this in the first place, and to let us know how it's going so far.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:33:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 56452 at http://kcur.org What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul Western Kansas Drought Effects Reach Across State http://kcur.org/post/western-kansas-drought-effects-reach-across-state <p>You've heard about how farmers in western Kansas have faced drought problems, but you might not know that the drought can affect the water supply here in Kansas City.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the drought's far-reaching effects and what actions could fix the problem.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Josh Swatty</strong>, vice president of the Land Institute</li></ul> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:18:27 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49397 at http://kcur.org Western Kansas Drought Effects Reach Across State New Clean Water Rules Protect More Streams And Lakes In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/new-clean-water-rules-protect-more-streams-and-lakes-missouri <p>The&nbsp;Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.</p><p>In a vote held Wednesday, the governor-appointed seven-person panel unanimously approved&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/rules/wpp-rule-dev.htm">revised regulations</a>&nbsp;that greatly expand the number of protected water bodies in the state. An additional 2,100 lakes and 90,000 miles of rivers and streams will gain protection under the law, including specific limits on bacteria and other pollutants.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:24:36 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Marshall Griffin 46459 at http://kcur.org New Clean Water Rules Protect More Streams And Lakes In Missouri Western Kansas Looks To Missouri River For Water http://kcur.org/post/western-kansas-looks-missouri-river-water <p>The <a href="http://www.kwo.org/" target="_blank">Kansas Water Office</a> is preparing to take a fresh look at the <a href="http://www.gmd3.org/Extra/WaterXferFromMORiverToWKSPDF.pdf" target="_blank">idea of transferring surplus Missouri River Water to Western Kansas</a>, where the underground aquifer is being rapidly depleted.&nbsp;</p><p>The study will update a 1982 feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Their report proposed a 360-mile canal with 16 pump stations to propel the water uphill to western Kansas. They estimated the cost at around $8 billion in 1977.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:39:08 +0000 Bryan Thompson 43315 at http://kcur.org Western Kansas Looks To Missouri River For Water As Aquifer Dwindles, Rural Kan. Wells Run Dry http://kcur.org/post/aquifer-dwindles-rural-kan-wells-run-dry <p>The drought, now in its third year in parts of western Kansas is taxing a resource that has been under pressure for decades: the High Plains Aquifer system.</p><p>The aquifer is enormous, but it’s running low in places, forcing a move to dry land farming, and farmers aren’t the only ones effected.</p><p>The drought has been burning up crops, lawns and trees for three years now. But there are places where you wouldn’t even know it’s dry, like at&nbsp;the Garden City Big Pool, in Garden City, Kan.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:37:14 +0000 Frank Morris 41051 at http://kcur.org As Aquifer Dwindles, Rural Kan. Wells Run Dry Kan. Farmers Struggle As Ogallala Aquifer Dwindles http://kcur.org/post/kan-farmers-struggle-ogallala-aquifer-dwindles <p>Imagine enough water to fill a couple of great lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago, before new pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons from it, and use it to grow lucrative crops on the arid land.</p><p>An agricultural gold rush of sorts followed, transforming the regional economy. But now parts of the aquifer are playing out, leaving parts of the high plains high and dry.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:46:21 +0000 Frank Morris 40922 at http://kcur.org Kan. Farmers Struggle As Ogallala Aquifer Dwindles How Federal Funds Flow To Rural Communities http://kcur.org/post/how-federal-funds-flow-rural-communities <p>In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days.</p><p>But for Staunton’s part-time mayor Craig Neuhaus, the plant represents more than water security. He expects the water system upgrade to help bring business to this town about 40 miles north of St. Louis.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 37333 at http://kcur.org How Federal Funds Flow To Rural Communities Swimming for Health and Fitness http://kcur.org/post/swimming-health-and-fitness <p>Local triathlete <strong>John Aust</strong> discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at <a href="http://www.umkc.edu/src/default.asp">UMKC&#39;s Swinney Recreation Center</a>.</p><p>Plus, hear from a married couple that&#39;s been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they&#39;ve been retired.</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 18:09:05 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon 17923 at http://kcur.org Swimming for Health and Fitness Swimming & Pools http://kcur.org/post/swimming-pools <p>On Thursday’s Central Standard, it’s the final chapter in our three part series on how we seek out water. Part one was fountains. Then, we looked to local lakes and rivers. Now, we’re going to explore a childhood classic: swimming pools. Well, swimming and pools.</p> <p>We'll add your favorite pools to our interactive water map of the city. Also, it's time to announce the winner of our water photo contest.</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 00:31:51 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 17806 at http://kcur.org Swimming & Pools Boating & Fishing On KC Waters http://kcur.org/post/boating-fishing-kc-waters <p>On Thursday’s Central Standard, we embark on the next installment in our three part series looking at how we find water in our city. This time we look to the lakes and rivers, where fishers cast their nets, canoes glide across the water, and boaters set sail.</p> <p>Also, find out more about our new interactive map and how to join our water photo contest.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 17374 at http://kcur.org Boating & Fishing On KC Waters Kansas City Now Boasts Highest Water Rates In Metro http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-now-boasts-highest-water-rates-metro <p>As of May 1, 2012, Kansas City, Mo. residents can expect <a href="http://www.kcmo.org/idc/groups/water/documents/waterservices/waterratesfees.pdf">higher rates</a> on water usage and wastewater (sanitary sewer) services. Tue, 01 May 2012 19:32:53 +0000 Laura Spencer 16922 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Now Boasts Highest Water Rates In Metro Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb http://kcur.org/post/spring-gardening-help-grow-your-green-thumb <p>There may be no controlling Mother Nature, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean you can&rsquo;t get your garden to cooperate. But keeping your gardening blossoming instead of browning is easier said than done. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:40:28 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 16135 at http://kcur.org Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb