Drought Declaration Expanded in Eastern Kansas by Governor

Cows drinking from water tanks.
( Wyatt Bechtel )

Drought conditions in the western half of Kansas have improved since the start of May when much of the area was experiencing widespread dryness. However, the eastern half of the state has continued struggling with moisture prompting Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer to add 22 counties into a drought emergency designation.

The designation of drought emergency means counties are eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes. They also become eligible for water in some Federal reservoirs.

Reports of low feed supplies and declining water availability for livestock helped spur the decision.

There are currently 72 counties in drought emergency, they are as follows (new counties added in bold):

  • Anderson
  • Atchison
  • Barber
  • Barton
  • Bourbon
  • Brown
  • Butler
  • Chase
  • Cherokee
  • Clark
  • Clay
  • Coffey
  • Comanche 
  • Cowley
  • Crawford
  • Dickinson
  • Doniphan
  • Douglas
  • Edwards
  • Ellsworth
  • Finney
  • Ford
  • Franklin 
  • Geary
  • Grant
  • Gray
  • Greenwood
  • Hamilton
  • Harper
  • Harvey
  • Haskell
  • Hodgeman
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson
  • Kearny
  • Kingman
  • Kiowa
  • Labette
  • Leavenworth
  • Lincoln
  • Linn
  • Lyon 
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • McPherson
  • Meade
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Morris
  • Morton
  • Nemaha
  • Neosho
  • Osage
  • Ottawa
  • Pawnee
  • Pottawatomie
  • Pratt
  • Reno
  • Rice
  • Riley
  • Saline
  • Sedgwick
  • Seward
  • Shawnee
  • Stafford
  • Stanton
  • Stevens
  • Sumner
  • Wabaunsee
  • Washington
  • Wyandotte

Kansas is one of eight states that is experiencing the highest ranking of drought known as “exceptional drought” by the Drought Monitor. The other states according to the Aug. 8 Drought Monitor are Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

The following map shows the counties in Kansas that are listed in the drought declaration and counties that have improved:

Kansas DroughtDeclaration 2018 081418 dk

 
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