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Gov. Cox Issues Drought Executive Order

Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an executive order on Thursday declaring a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions. In Utah, one hundred percent of the state is in a moderate drought category, while 90% is in extreme drought.According to a news release, this declaration allows communities affected by droughts, agricultural producers and others to officially begin the process that may provide access to state or federal emergency resources. 


Following a record dry summer and fall, the winter’s snowpack is only about 70% of average for the year. In addition, current soil moisture is at the lowest levels since monitoring began in 2006.


The last time a drought executive order was declared was by Gov. Gary Herbert on Oct. 15, 2018. At that time, 76% of Utah was experiencing severe drought conditions.


You can learn more about current drought conditions and impacts in Utah here:

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!