"We hear a great deal about the Dust Bowl days of the 1900s, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so if we can collect and post photographs submitted by everyday Texans that illustrate the seriousness and terrible damages of this drought, the more folks can understand we are living in a historical moment and one that every Texan should address," he added.

Since early Aug. the agencies have been encouraging Texas residents and landowners to submit their best photos that capture the seriousness and devastation caused by the serious drought.

"The response has been very favorable and the result is a series of photos that simply beg to be seen and the general public will have that opportunity this week at the State Capitol in Austin," say TDA officials in Austin.

The agencies decided in addition to making the photos available during the  exhibit they would also use social media outlets like Flickr and Instagram to catalog and display the results so that every Texan will have the opportunity to see the photos.

“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 joined forces to collect and share these stories with other Texans."

At the Texas Water Development Board, we’re well acquainted with the effects of drought on our state,” added Melanie Callahan, who helped launch the photo campaign before retiring as TWDB Executive Administrator in August. “It affected water supplies for cities and agriculture alike, and it can devastate economies and natural resources. This photo campaign is a way for Texans to document how drought affects them personally."

Officials say visitors to the Capitol building can view the photos on exhibit all week during normal operating hours, or they can log into the state's drought photo page to view all the photos online. View photos now.


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