Effects of drought come to life in documentary at Texas Capitol

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Sponsors of a photo exhibit at the State Capitol in Austin hope viewers realize the importance of conservation after seeing the effects of the severe drought Texas faced over the past two years.

The exhibit titled “What Does Your Texas Drought Look Like?” displays photos submitted by state residents depicting the extreme affects the drought had on land throughout the state.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says the drought which took hold in 2010 is in many ways the worst in the state’s history.

"Each Texan has experienced the drought's ferocity in different ways and these agencies are joining forces to collect and share these stories with other Texans, as well as for the historical record for future generations to appreciate the importance of drought preparedness and proactive, voluntary water conservation. It takes a commitment from all Texans to ensure there is sufficient water for future generations. We know citizen-led conservation efforts are our best alternative to mandated restrictions that can hurt our economy," Staples told the Houston Press.

The exhibit is a joint project of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TAD), the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). The exhibit is open from Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1. Photos are also posted on Flickr, Instagram and other social media outlets.

AgriLife Today reports drought conditions in Texas are easing with recent rainfall, although about 87 percent of the state was still categorized as being abnormally dry to under exceptional drought on Oct. 22.

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