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THE WINTER CONDITIONS AND SPRING CLIMATE FOR KANSAS LED GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK TO UPDATE THE DROUGHT DECLARATION FOR KANSAS COUNTIES WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER.  THE UPDATE INVOLVES 91 COUNTIES EITHER IN A WARNING OR WATCH STATUS.  THE UPDATED DROUGHT DECLARATION HAS 16 COUNTIES IN A WARNING STATUS AND 75 IN WATCH STATUS. THIS ACTION WAS RECOMMENDED BY TRACY STREETER, DIRECTOR OF THE KANSAS WATER OFFICE AND CHAIR OF THE GOVERNOR’S DROUGHT RESPONSE TEAM.  THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THOSE COUNTIES SO IDENTIFIED UNTIL RESCINDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER OR SUPERSEDED BY A SUBSEQUENT EXECUTIVE ORDER REVISING THE DROUGHT STAGE STATUS OF THE AFFECTED COUNTIES.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.  NO COUNTY IN NORTHWEST KANSAS IS IN A DROUGHT WARNING.  THOSE IN A DROUGHT WATCH INCLUDE NORTON, DECATUR, GOVE, GRAHAM, LOGAN, OSBORNE, PHILLIPS, RAWLINS, SMITH, SHERIDAN, THOMAS AND TREGO.   THE GOVERNOR’S DROUGHT RESPONSE TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND WORK TO MINIMIZE THE EFFECTS THE DROUGHT HAS ON KANSANS.