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Kansas Drought Update: - April 2015

The Climate and Drought Update is produced at least monthly as a climate summary to reflect conditions in the State. When conditions warrant updates will be posted more frequently.

The Season Drought Outlook, developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (NOAA CPC), assesses the likelihood for improvement, persistent or deterioration in drought conditions for areas currently experiencing drought as identified by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

US Seasonal Drought Outlook


Kansas Drought Declarations 
May 21, 2014
Federal Drought Disaster 2015
Map Kansas Drought Declarations Map Federal Drought Disaster 2015  

The map above (left) shows communities and rural water districts who have initiated their own water conservation measures to extend their water supply during this record drought.  Appendix A of the Kansas Weekly Drought Update provides a list of known conservation stages for communities and water suppliers (notifications to state or in the press).  The Governor and the Kansas Water Office encourages all communities and water suppliers to help the State get through the extreme drought. 

 2014 News:

2013 News:

Drought Preparedness & Response

Helpful Documents and Links  (Additional links are located in the KWO Drought Update Above)



The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to monitor conditions and inform the Governor when drought conditions are present in the state.  The Director of the Kansas Water Office serves as Chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team, an interagency group charged with coordinating drought response activities in Kansas.

KANSAS DROUGHT UPDATE - Past Reports - March 2015; February 2015; January 2015; Mid January 2015

Reports from 2012 - 2014 are also available below:

Recent News
Interview - Kansas AG Report - Bryan Hallman interviews Tracy Streeter, Director of the KWO to discuss the new Drought Declaration and the Governor's 50 Year Water Vision - 6/1/2014

Press Release -
Governor Updates Drought Emergency, Warnings and Watches in Kansas Counties - 5/21/2014

Executive Order No. 14-04 -

Press Release
- Kansas Producers Continue to Struggle with Impact of Drought - 3/27/2014

USDA Secretary Vilsack
Drought Designations
- 3/26/2014

KS Drought Operations Plan

Governor's Drought Team
The Team meets on a regular basis either through conference calls or in-person meetings to address current drought condition issues.

Governor Brownback's Kansas Drought Resources Website

Past Meetings/Conference Calls

May 19, 2014 - Drought Response Team Conference Call

Executive Orders

Photo Governor's Drought Tour