The Texas Water Development Board has recently released a drought update that is good news for Texas, and especially good news for many parts of the Big Country.
Back in April, the TWDB reported that 99 percent of the state was affected by drought, with the majority of the state ranging from severe to exceptional drought conditions.
Even as recent as June of this year, the majority of the Big Country remained under severe to exceptional drought conditions.
The newest report from the board classifies the majority of the Big Country under either moderate or severe conditions; meaning that though the drought persists, recent rains have finally brought some much needed relief to the state of Texas.
However, drought conditions are still higher than they were a year ago for the state, moving up from covering 89 percent of the state to 97 percent of the state at the present time.
State reservoirs are currently only 62 percent full, compared to the average 82 percent.
TWDB is inviting Texans to submit photos of the ongoing affects of the drought. For more information regarding the “What does your Texas drought look like?” statewide photo campaign, visit the Texas Water Development Board’s web-page at www.twdb.texas.gov.
TWDB’s Flickr group page for the may be accessed at http://www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought/.
Photos may also be shared via Instagram under the account name “texasdrought” or hashtag #txdrought.
To look at the complete drought report, visit http://www.twdb.texas.gov/surfacewater/conditions/drought/doc/Weekly_Drought_report.pdf.