The 2011 Texas Drought: its impacts and implications

The 2011 Texas Drought: its impacts and implications

by Behni Bolhassani

Drought and excessive heat are nothing new to Texans. These are, and will continue to be, facts of life in Texas. Fast growing urban areas intensify the impacts. In recent years, the severity and persistence of drought and heat has taken a toll on the Lone Star State. Current drought contingency plans are not enough to address the challenges and to initiate proper responses. The 2011 conditions reflected the failure of current management policies and emphasized the need for prudent reactions before the next inevitable drought.

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