Kansas Seeks to Halt Releases from 3 Reservoirs
Brownback says he has allowed pumping from all of the state’s fishing lakes to water livestock. Kansas has now declared all 105 counties in a drought emergency, with crop losses projected at $1.5 billion.
This status triggers the Kansas Water Office and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to issue a Memorandum of Understanding for emergency use of state fishing lake storage under conditions of drought emergency declared by the Governor.
Drought-stricken Kansas is asking the Corps of Engineers to halt releases of water from three of its small reservoirs for downstream navigation. During a drought conference Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback asked U.S. Senator Pat Roberts to help get the Corps to stop releases from the Milford, Perry and Tuttle Creek reservoirs while some upstream reservoirs remain at flood stage.