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In new stance, water board advises on planning for risks of climate change

Texas is experiencing a year long drought that has the potential to continue for years into the future.   According to Texas state climatologist, John Nielsen-Gemmon,  this past year’s low precipitation levels did not sufficiently replenish many reservoirs and aquifers.  If the drought persists into next year, a scenario which is becoming more probable every day, then there will be a higher likelihood that  water shortages and drought problems will be an even greater issue next summer.

As a result, Texans must conserve and develop water resources to supply their needs.  The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently introduced the 2012 State Water Plan that warns if drought conditions continue, the state will not have the sufficient water need to its people, businesses and for its agricultural enterprises.  The 2012 State Water Plan predicts the population in Texas will increase 82 percent from 2010 and 2060 and the water demand will correspondingly rise as well. In order to meet this increasing demand for water during periods of drought, the plan recommends the development of 562 water supply projects that  would mitigate water shortages and drought issues into the future.

Water Resources Group

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