WHEREAS, on May 31st, 2023, I declared a drought alert for 60 counties through Executive Order 23-05; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 23-05 is set to expire on December 1, 2023; and
WHEREAS, the counties of Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nodaway, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Reynolds, Saint Charles, Saint Clair, Saint Francois, Saint Louis City, Saint Louis, Sainte Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Sullivan, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, and Worth continue to experience moderate, severe, or extreme drought; and
WHEREAS, additional counties may enter moderate, severe, extreme, or exceptional drought in the coming months according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and those counties shall also be declared in drought alert; and
WHEREAS, drought conditions remain such that the drought-response efforts described in Executive Order 23-05 are necessary to support continued mitigation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL L. PARSON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby extend Executive Order 23-05 until May 1, 2024, unless terminated or extended by subsequent order.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 17th day of November, 2023.
[Michael L. Parson's signature]
MICHAEL L. PARSON
[Jay Ashcroft's signature]
JOHN R. ASHCROFT
SECRETARY OF STATE