Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Collaborative conservation key to ensuring adequate resources
By Andrew Sansom |
Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Make no mistake about it. We are in a crisis here in Texas where water is concerned. Consider these facts: Our population is essentially going to double in the next half-century or so and we have already given permission for more water to be withdrawn from many of our rivers than is actually in them today.
Exacerbating this frightening circumstance is the fact that we have been experiencing a severe drought for the last couple of years and it may go on for a while. We have traditionally considered the drought of the 1950s as the "drought of record," meaning as bad as it can get, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that that is an assumption we simply cannot afford to make. Every year this current drought continues will cost the economy of Texas an annual $11.9 billion and 115,000 jobs.