Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts participated in a meeting of the Governor’s Drought Response Team January 11 in Topeka. The team learned the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook continues to show dry conditions persisting or intensifying in Kansas, with a higher probability for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

“I recently asked cities and rural water districts to measure their water supply and evaluate their conservation plans to make sure they are adequate for the upcoming year,” said Brownback. “We appreciate those who have responded and we are finding many have adequate supply or are on top of their situation.”

The meeting focused on responses from the public water supply assessment and included updates on current reservoir levels and the status of the emergency livestock water supply initiative. There also were discussions about the federal government’s role in drought management for Kansas.

Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation Executive Director Greg Foley said his agency has approved 579 applications for financial assistance from ranchers needing livestock water supplies. Foley said the Division of Conservation will continue working with county conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and landowners to complete the remaining approved applications.

The Governor’s Drought Response Team is chaired by Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. For a list of drought actions undertaken by the state, click here.

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