Act now, before droughts get more harmful

Windy Point on Lake Travis in drought conditions. Photo courtesy of Texas Water Development Board

Inflows into the chain of Highland Lakes are down to a trickle at less than 1 percent of average since July.  As a result of these reduced flows, above-normal evaporation rates and authorized water use, lake levels are dropping at a rapid rate — a visual indicator of the amount of water available for drinking, watering our lawns, supporting industry, and sustaining farms and ranches until the end of this drought.
And no relief is in sight.

Cities around the state are implementing increased water conservation measures now at the end of the Summer.  

According to Sierra Club’s Jennifer Walker and Attorney Myron Hess of National Wildlife Federation the plans are reactive, calling for action only where already low lake and aquifer levels drop further, rather than proactively working to protect water supplies.

When all signs point to continued record drought conditions, we must do better, they say, than business as usual as we watch our water supplies diminish rapidly.

Are Texas water planners going far enough, soon enough?  What more can be done to conserve water in this exceptional drought? 

Walker and Hess believe water providers ‘can do more to prepare for the future.

Read their Op Ed in today’s Austin American-Statesman.  And let us know with your comments how you’d like Texas to conserve water for our future.

 Content by Jennifer Walker and Myron Hess.  Posted by Donna Hoffman, August 22, 2011.

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