Increasing drought conditions in south central and southwestern Kansas have led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties he issued earlier this year.
The update includes moving three counties from warning status up to emergency status. The updated drought declaration moves five counties from watch status up to warning status. It also adds 14 counties to warning status and another eight to watch status.
This Executive Order shall remain in effect for those counties so identified until rescinded by Executive Order or superseded by a subsequent Executive Order revising the drought stage status of those counties affected. Authorize and direct all agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor to implement the appropriate watch or warning level-drought response actions assigned in the Operations Plan of the Governor’s Drought Response Team. The Governor’s Drought Response Team will continue to watch the situation closely and work to minimize the effects the drought has on Kansans.
In Northwest Kansas Trego, Gove and Logan counties are under a drought warning. Norton, Decatur, Phillips, Sheridan and Graham counties remain in a drought watch.
County Drought Stage Declarations:
Drought Emergency: Morton, Stanton, Stevens (moved up from warning status).
Drought Warning: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Gove, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Logan, McPherson, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Sumner, Trego, Wallace, Wichita.
Drought Watch: Butler, Chase, Cheyenne, Cowley, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Graham, Greenwood, Lincoln, Marion, Norton, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas.