The best time to plan for drought is when we aren’t in one

Drought is nothing new to Texans; it is frequent and inevitable. Across much of Texas the end of the current drought is being declared—soil moisture levels are nearing normal and ephemeral rivers are flowing again—while other portions of the state are already on the verge of slipping back into drought conditions despite recent rains. This reprieve from drought is a most welcome relief, yet we can be certain there is another drought around the corner.

Drought, unlike a hurricane or flood, doesn’t have a distinct beginning or end. Drought is a creeping phenomenon that is, in the most basic terms, defined by the lack of precipitation. However, some municipalities define drought by water treatment and storage capacity meaning that water restrictions aren’t triggered until we’re deep into drought. Since drought is unpredictable, planning for it must occur today, when we aren’t in drought. Proactive planning for drought today helps stretch our precious water resources for drier days, and helps keep our rivers sufficiently flowing to protect fish and wildlife.

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