POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:28pm
There is only one county in the state of Texas that’s not officially in a drought.
It’s Reeves County in far West Texas.
For the rest of us, it’s getting scary.
Texas is in trouble when it comes to water.
“We don’t have enough water to meet current needs in the event of severe drought conditions.”
And it’s beginning to take a toll on rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
This is the Guadalupe River in the fall of 2011, and again in the fall of 2012. Same spot in the river, only a little improvement from the big drought year of 2011.
A lot of folks talk about the big drought of 2011, but the fact is, it never really ended.
Here’s an example. Last spring, the water level in Lake Tyler was 3 feet below normal. Now, it’s 5.5 feet down.
If you average all the lakes and reservoirs in Texas, on this day last year they were 68% full. Today it’s 59%
In fact Lake Travis is down 60 feet. It is only 30% full. The Lower Colorado river authority may no longer send any fresh water to Matagorda bay.
“We don’t have enough water to meet current needs in the event of severe drought conditions,” says Dr. Dan Hardin, Director of Water Resources Planning for the Texas Water Development Board “Based on our projections, we expect the population of the state to increase by nearly 80% between 2010 and 2060. We expect the demand for water in the state to increase by 22%. But the existing supply of water over that time, we expect to decline by 10%.”
The vote on using rainy day fund money for water projects is coming up.
The reason is…we haven’t had enough rainy days.