Welcome to the Texas Drought Project - a project to address climate change and the state's precious water resources in the face of perpetual drought.


The Texas Drought Project--education, education, education--that's what we're all about!

That's what the TDP does, it educates
people on water scarcity issues in Texas, and makes clear the coming storm when climate change brings us into the predicted period of permanent drought. Dr. Richard Seager, of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, has worked with some of the foremost experts on drought research in the U.S., and his team says that we could begin to experience this as soon as the year 2021. That's just eleven years away--remember how quickly the last eleven years passed by?



Coming soon to Waco!

Yes, watch this space, because we'll soon be announcing yet another symposium--"New Ways of Looking at Water"--Waco-style!

We will be featuring experts from around the state and around the nation, educating Heart of Texas citizens about water commodification, groundwater and surface water laws, the Rule of Capture, and more.

Yes, Waco, home of the first green Chamber of Commerce building in the United States, is ahead of the curve in many respects. Reverence for its beautiful Brazos River has taught its residents more than a thing or two about conservation. We look forward to working with the people of Waco!

Preparing for the activities of Fall, 2010 !


Perhaps you were one of the many hundreds of people who attended "New Ways of Looking at Water" at Trinity University, or heard some of our speakers at a forum in the Hill Country, in Alpine, or Junction, or saw us on cable-access tv--but even if you didn't, chances are good that you'll have the opportunity to learn more about water issues, climate-change-induced drought, and the future of Texas later this year.


Among the experts we'll be bringing in are Daphne Wysham, climate policy analyst---David Stahle, dendrochronologist and drought researcher--

and many Texas-based academicians and scientists, as well. We're working on issues ranging from bay salinity to climate justice, and our forums and events will reflect this diversity. Watch this space for more information!

 


El Nino dissipates; more drought, less rain, more hurricanes?

It's been great watching the wildflowers bloom, seeing the gentle rain fall on crops and lawns alike. Whoever knew there could be so many flowers in Central Texas?

But it's almost over--El Nino has played itself out, and its cousin La Nina is taking hold. What does that mean for Texas?

Less rain, and more drought. Already, some creeks are drying, ground cracking. And too, an absence of the El Nino effect means more frequent and more intense hurricanes for the Gulf Region.

And with the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon rig and British Petroleum at a loss to stem its brown tide, what will become of our fragile ecology if a hurricane strikes?




What we hope Texans will glean from our symposium, our forums, and our conversation:

 

We hope they'll make the connection between climate change and drought. We hope they'll demand that the Texas Water Development Board take up issues related to climate change, and plan accordingly for a future with less water available to our burgeoning Texas population.

 

And we hope lawmakers will have the courage to come down hard on those who make obscene profits on our water, bottling it up and sending it somewhere else; commodification is a serious issue in Texas.

 

Perhaps the next Legislature can also address groundwater pumping limits and historical water rights--we know that in some places, those are "fighting words," as we've been reminded again and again by the phrase "Don't mess with Texas' - water."


Be sure and check our "Calendar" page for news of upcoming water seminars and related events. Many are free or at low cost to attendees. Consider bringing friends and colleagues!