Thursday, October 24, 2013

More than Prayer: How Prop 6 Aims to Improve Water Supplies in Texas

Voters have the opportunity this election to put 
billions of dollars towards water projects in Texas.
2011 was the driest year in Texas’ recorded history — crops failed, herds were sold off and lakes and Spicewood Beach in the Hill Country or Robert Lee in West Texas, had to scramble to find new water supplies. And in the middle of this catastrophic drought, the state of Texas had one vocal strategy: Pray for rain. Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a proclamation that year asking Texans to pray for rain for three days.
reservoirs literally went dry. Some communities, like
Now, a few dry years and billions of dollars in drought losses later, the state has decided it needs a more consistent strategy to secure water. “We can’t make it rain,” Perry said at a recent event. “But we can take measures to extend our existing water supply and work to develop new supplies.” Perry was out stumping in support of Proposition 6, a state constitutional amendment on the ballot this year.
“What Prop 6 does is put in place 2 billion dollars so the state can lend money to utilities and cities that are seeking to do either conservation projects or new water supply projects,” says Laura Huffman, Texas state director for the Nature ConservancyREAD MORE............

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