It's hot. High temperatures and a lack of rain have brought about the country's widest-ranging drought since the 1950s. The entire state of Missouri has been declared a federal disaster area, along with 82 counties in Kansas. Crops are struggling to survive, and so are cattle farmers who can't feed their livestock.
Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases From Kan. Reservoirs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will halt some water releases from three Kansas reservoirs next month. The Corps says they'll stop releasing water from Tuttle Creek, Milford and Perry Lakes.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts supports the move.
"And I'm pleased to report that the Corps will stop releasing waters August 7 and will not draw down an additional three-peat from the reservoirs in October, despite the authority to do so," Roberts said.
The goal is keeping more water in reserve in Kansas in case the drought conditions continue. Roberts and Governor Sam Brownback had asked the Corps to halt the water releases, which were scheduled to aid river navigation downstream.