South Dakota's drought task force will hold its first meeting Monday.
When drought conditions meet a certain point, the governor calls on the task force to look for resources within state agencies to create a plan of action to work through a drought emergency or disaster.
That includes keeping agriculture, fire and water-supply organizations updated on the seriousness of the drought and monitoring its economic impact.
Governor Dennis Daugaard is expected to address the group when the meeting begins at 2 p.m. In Pierre.
The agencies represented include:
- Governor's Office
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Public Safety
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Department of Game, Fish and Parks
- Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
- South Dakota Association of County Commissioners
- South Dakota National Guard
- State climatologist
- Federal Farm Service Agency
- South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems.