Lessons you don’t learn in the classroom

Lessons you don’t learn in the classroom

As Texas is seeing increased consequences from the drought, and we are looking to meet a shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons of water by 2060 [1], it’s a great time to evaluate what is happening with Texas water policy. I recently had the opportunity to look at water policy from the field rather than the classroom at a West Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA) meeting. I learned a few things that you often don’t discuss in the classroom but that influence the effectiveness of policy implementation. My two key findings are that policy should be tailored on a case by case basis, and effective communication is key.

 

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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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