When the weather turns hot and dry, Texas snakes go on the prowl for water, food and the company of others of their kind. With the potential for worsening drought this summer, people may find these unwanted guests in unexpected places. For more, click here.
BOATER SAFETY COURSE:AN INEXPENSIVE LIFE SAVER When you think of being safe on the water, you may think of life jackets, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. But have you considered a safety course? The US Coast Guard reports that in more than three-quarters of 2011 boating deaths, the operator had no boating instruction. Boater safety courses are offered at all three BRA reservoirs this year. For more, click here.
SWIMMERS REMINDED OF POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS
With summer starting to heat up, people across the Brazos River basin are heading to nearby rivers and lakes. However, the conditions that make the water temperature so delightful can also encourage the growth of a rare but dangerous microorganism. Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is most common during the summer, is a rare disease caused by an amoeba found in almost all untreated, fresh surface water and in soil. For more, click here.