Governor Walker declared a state of emergency in all 72 Wisconsin counties due to the extremely dry conditions that are impacting our state. While recent rains have eased drought conditions in some regions, in many areas the rain is too little, too late to save the crops. This statewide Executive Order directs Wisconsin Emergency Management to coordinate all state agencies to assist Wisconsin residents affected by the drought. The drought emergency also waives fees and expedites the permitting process to allow farmers to divert water from certain streams and lakes without causing environmental damage. For more information please visit the Wisconsin Emergency Management ReadyWisconsin website at http://ready.wi.gov/drought/default.asp.