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Further Reading

More information about the issues surrounding safe yield and sustainable development of water resources is available in a publication by the Kansas Geological Survey titled "Perspectives on Sustainable Development of Water Resources in Kansas" (Sophocleous, 1998). Written primarily for water users, policymakers, and water regulators, this semitechnical volume provides background information about hydrologic systems and water-resource management in Kansas and discusses the concepts of safe yield, stream-aquifer systems, and sustainability. Other chapters address safe yield and confined aquifers, water chemistry, surface waters, and impacts of agriculture, climate change, and the complexity of hydrologic systems. The purpose of this publication is to educate Kansans about water-resources sustainability issues, to promote a better understanding of water resources in Kansas, and to encourage proactive and holistic management of these resources.

References and Additional Information

Angelo, R.T., 1994, Impacts of declining streamflow on surface water quality: 11th Annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference Proceedings, Manhattan, KS, p. 1-2.

Baker, C. H., Jr., Kenny, J. F., and Pope, D. L., 1987, Kansas--Water supply and use: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-supply Paper 2350, p. 259-266. [available online]

Bennett, G., 1978, Ground water--An undervalued resource: U.S. Geological Survey Yearbook, Fiscal Year 1978, p. 7-12.

Buchanan, R., and Buddemeier, R. W. (compilers), 1993, Kansas ground water: Kansas Geological Survey, Educational Series 10, 44 p.

Ferrington, L. C., Jr., 1993, Endangered rivers--A case history of the Arkansas River in the Central Plains: Aquatic Conservation--Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, v. 3, p. 305-316.

Ratzlaff, J. R., 1987, Variations in runoff in the High Plains section of the Smoky Hill drainage, 1951-1980: Kansas Academy of Science, Trans., v. 90 no. 1-2, p. 25-34.

Sophocleous, M., 1997, Managing water resources systems--Why "safe yield" is not sustainable: Groundwater, v. 35, no. 4, p. 561.

Sophocleous, M., ed., 1998, Perspectives on sustainable development of water resources in Kansas: Kansas Geological Survey, Bulletin 239, 239 p.

Theis, C. V., 1940, The source of water derived from wells: Civil Engineering, v. 10, no. 1, p. 277-280.

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