26 Oct '11, 2pm

Texas Ignores Climate Change and Common Sense Water Solutions

Texas officially just had its worst one-year drought ever and according to the State Climatologist, drought conditions could last for another 5 to 15 years (!). If that were to occur, this drought could rival the drought of the 1950s as the worst ever in state history. Across Texas, the drought has caused billions of dollars in losses to ranchers and farmers, contributed to wildfire risks, dried up lakes, and forced communities to implement mandatory water restrictions. On the heels of this record - breaking summer, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) released a draft version of the 2012 State Water Plan for public review and comment. The state plan builds upon plans submitted by the 16 water planning regions to ensure that adequate water supplies exist to meet water needs over the next 50 years. Texas currently uses the drought of the 1950s as the water planning benc...

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