Experts: Drought Could Drag on For 15 More Years

Experts predict above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal moisture amounts will be seen in the months ahead — and possibly as much as 15 more years.

John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and a professor with Texas A&M University’s department of atmospheric sciences, said long-term temperature patterns from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans are comparable to those from what he considers the worst drought of record, in the 1950s. For that reason, he estimates Texas’ drought susceptibility could continue another five to 15 years.

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Update on the USFWS Potential Listing of The Salado Salamander as Threatened and Endangered

The Stakeholders of Bell County recently met the September 19th deadline established by USFWS for comments related to the six month extension before they make their final decision on the Salado Salamander. The official comments were prepared by Mike Gershon, and focused on responding to USFWS’s solicitation of additional data regarding the Salado Salamander proposed listing pursuant of the Endangered Species Act. The solicitation for comments specified three key issues and associated categories of information in the Federal Register notice published on August 20, 2013.

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Despite Rain Texas Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation

Despite the rains Central Texas saw last week, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing water conservation. Todd Staples is reminding people of the critical need to continue conserving water in order to delay the need for more stringent water restrictions. “This is a crisis, make no mistake,” said AG Commissioner Staples. “This drought that we are in is making substantial changes to economies rippled throughout Texas.”

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