Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has activated the Drought Response Task Force following one of the driest springs on record.
The National Weather Service says most of Illinois is at moderate risk for drought, but the drought risk is severe for the North Central part of the state. The drought response task force is made up of experts from several state agencies.
They will monitor community water supplies and watch how the drought affects wildlife and natural areas. The impact on corn and soybean crops also will be watched closely.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency suggests that residents conserve water as much as possible. They suggest turning off the tap while brushing our teeth, rinsing dishes or washing the car.