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Texas Is Still In Drought Conditions Despite Rain Falling

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All around Texas, there continues to be dangerous water conditions – even with the recent rain. According to experts, Texas would need 6 more months of rain like they’ve had in the past few weeks to just get out of the current drought.

This isn’t a surprise to the residents of Groesbeck, a small central Texas town that could run out of water by Christmas. Or in Austin, where it is expected to hit stage 3 restrictions by April, resulting in an outdoor water ban. And at least a dozen other cities have already told state officials they don’t have enough water to make it till spring. 

After the summer wildfires, the soil in the burn areas is very susceptible to erosion by downpours. The rains so far has caused erosion in some areas and in others, the water is just being soaked up by the soil as if it were a sponge.

Luke Metzger, Environment Texas Director has announced the launching of the Water Our Future campaign.  Their goal is to raise $18,000 by December 31. They will be working feverishly through the end of the year to make sure they have the resources in place to hit the ground running on the first day of the new year.

Please make a generous year–end donation before 12/31 to help us reach our $18,000 goal.

This is the worst drought Texas has seen since 1789, and too many people think there’s nothing that can be done. They couldn’t be more wrong. You and I may not be able to make rain fall, but researchers have identified numerous ways to save water and cut waste.

With your immediate financial support, Environment Texas can mount an aggressive push in the capitol and around the state to:

Increase badly needed funding and implement stronger standards for water conservation
Launch leak detection programs to curb water wasted en route to our homes
Audit the largest water users and issue incentive programs for conservation
Educate the public on how each individual can save water at home

By coming together today, we can guarantee water for communities desperate for relief. And our efforts will ensure Texas’ treasured lakes and reservoirs will still be there for future generations.

Thanks for doing your part,

Water is needed everywhere …. as the green future unfolds.

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  1. John Armstrong@double glazing Says:

    I had read this that the Texas Drought is going to be there for more 9 years! Texas desperately needs to get its act together regarding water, and this is a good time for folks to be learning about rainwater harvesting. In my opinion permaculture can also help us “green the desert” or keep the green places from becoming desert. Otherwise it will be difficult for the future generations to do anything, unless we start acting now!

  2. Theresa Says:

    Hi Linda, helping Steven out using his url, but that doesn’t mean I’m not shocked at the state Texas is in! I thought Nevada, where they predict dire circumstances by 2020, was in deep dog do. By Christmas?! Holy cow!

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi John … You are absolutely correct. Getting folks to get of the mark is really hard and they are now realizing that taking action is a necessity versus not being proactive.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … Yep! this last summer was devastating to more of the state than realized. Maybe now, they will get off of their duffs and get rolling.

  5. Jeshurun Says:

    I, actually, predicted these Texas Droughts and Wildfires at the very beginning of 2011. They were prophesied in The Biblical Scriptures more than 3000 Years Ago….

    But, you’ll have bigger problems In The Summer Of 2012, than just droughts. We’re headed for: A Total Economic Collapse, Hyperinflation, Governmental Bankruptcies, and An Internal Civil War. By next year, you’ll actually miss ‘ The Good Old Days Of 2011′!

  6. Flat Screen Says:

    Jeshurun: 3000 years ago there was no texas ;) And civil war?!? come on!

    To the topic, no water means no crops, no crops means no money and no money means no work… Texas really needs that rain! I hope 2012 jan will bring some rain otherwise…

  7. TheAL Says:

    I really hope the situation improves next year. I saw a lot of the footage of the fires, ruined crops and devastated livestock. Thank you for sharing the info about the campaign to raise money. Happy New Year & wish you a wonderful 2012.

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