Photographs may be submitted to our Flickr group: “What does your Texas drought look like?” at http://www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought. This is a public webpage that anyone with an Internet connection can view, even those who are not members of Flickr. The Flickr page (above) provides instructions on how to share photos.

Photographs also may be posted to Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #txdrought when sharing your photos. The campaign’s Instagram account is texasdrought. When you submit photos, remember to tag photos with date, location and include a short description. Additionally, you can email up to three photos to TexasDrought@yahoo.com. Photographs must be original content.

“This current Texas drought, which started in 2010, has proven in many ways to be our worst drought in history. In fact, it has surpassed the Dust Bowl of the 1930s,” Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said.

“Every Texan has experienced the drought’s ferocity in different ways and these agencies are joining forces to collect and share these stories with other Texans, as well as for the historical record for future generations to appreciate the importance of drought preparedness and proactive, voluntary water conservation. We know citizen-led conservation efforts are our best alternative to mandated restrictions that can hurt our economy.”

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly the entire state of Texas is experiencing some form of drought, and more than 65 percent of the state is suffering from severe to exceptional drought. The state water plan dictates nearly 25 percent of our future water needs will be met through water conservation.

“At the Texas Water Development Board, we’re well acquainted with the effects of drought on our state,” said TWDB Executive Administrator Melanie Callahan. “It affects water supplies for cities and agriculture alike, and can devastate economies and natural resources. This photo campaign is a way for Texans to document how drought affects them personally. Showing the results of water shortages and ways to conserve are equally important parts of this story.”

Officials say the more the public is made aware of the terrible loss and damage that drought conditions can bring, the more they may be willing to help conserve natural resources.

"This is an opportunity to help spread awareness about the drought and ultimately to help people understand what they can do to help," Harvey added.

 

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