Increased showers in June made a small dent in the rainfall deficit this year. Unfortunately, forecasters are predicting little relief in drought conditions for the remainder of the summer. But there may be good news for much of the southwestern United States as warmer than normal surface temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean indicate El Nino conditions may be returning this winter. For more, click here.
TREATED WASTEWATER COULD EASE TEXAS' WATER WOES
With Texas facing projected water shortages as our population grows, planners are weighing options from cloud seeding to saltwater desalination. However, an idea that's receiving a great deal of attention is water reuse. Though some may foresee the "yuck factor" as a potential roadblock, the idea of cleaning wastewater and reusing it has been a practical facet of the Texas water planning process for years. For more, click here.
Irrigating a golf course during a hot Texas summer can be a challenge. Keeping everything green during an ongoing drought while complying with mandated cutbacks is an even larger challenge. SugarTree Golf Course, located near Weatherford in the Upper Brazos basin, has managed to implement an effective drought program while maintaining a championship course. For more, click here.