Foggy mornings, falling rain. It definitely does not feel like late July in Texas. Yesterday (July 25th, 2013) was by far one of the most beautiful mornings I have seen here in a long time. Dew on the grass, cool temps, drifting clouds in the sky, little to no wind, and an impressive sunrise. You would think, with a morning like this, there could be nothing wrong in the world, even though there is.
Even with the good rainfall we have experienced this year, the ponds are not full and combined lake levels for the city of Wichita Falls have now fallen to right at 33 percent.
What we Americans call the breadbasket of our country is changing. Temps are not the same, crops are not growing like they once did; rain isn’t falling in the same areas like it once did. It is time to become wise about our water distribution methods and usage before we end up in further battles over water with one another.
Water has become a problem for many in Texas. Cities have been fighting over the rights to water in outlying areas for some time. In rural areas conservation water districts are forming or have formed to try to protect what underground water they have left. Those counties who have not formed districts are now facing battles with larger cities who want their underground water. Keep in mind that the food supplies that are not imported from other countries come from the rural areas throughout the United States. The same areas cities want to take the water from.
Recently (June 2013), Texas lost its battle with Oklahoma in the Supreme Court over expansion of water rights into other states (or at least into Oklahoma). Texas needs to wake up to the reality that larger cities are going to collapse if we do not get the water issue solved.