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Helpful Documents

Extended Chronology of Drought in South Central Southeastern and West Texas – GBRA Tree Ring Study

Annual precipitation chart from San Marcos, 1895 to 2011 – A very good illustration of Hill Country rainfall pattern and seriousness of lack of rain in 2011.

Statistical relations of precipitation and stream runoff for El Niño and La Niña periods,

Texas Hill Country – A report by hydrologist Raymond Slade from the Texas Water Journal.

Drought – A report on the state of drought in Texas by Todd H. Votteler.

Drought: A Creeping Disaster – New York Times article on the severity of the current drought.

How Severe Was the 2007-09 Hill Country Drought? – A presentation from hydrologist Raymond Slade about drought conditions in the Texas Hill Country (June 2009).

What Is El Nino and Will It End Our Drought? – A presentation from Raymond Slade discussing the effects of the El Nino weather system on Texas.

City of Austin Drought Contingency Plan

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Drought Contingency Plan

San Marcos Drought Rules

Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District Drought Management Plan

City of Belton Drought Contingency Plan (Bell County)


Helpful Links

Interactive Map: Public Water System Shortages

Data App: Track Texas Reservoir Levels

Water Data for Texas – Real-time regional drought assessment published by the Texas Water Development Board.

U.S. Drought Monitor – Current information about drought conditions across the country.

Texas Living Waters Project – Working to transform the way Texas manages water to better protect our springs, rivers and estuaries to meet the water needs of Texas and future generations of Texans.

TCEQ Drought Contingency Plans – Information from TCEQ on requirements for drought contingency plans. Includes examples of model plans and handbooks for different types of users.

SAWS Drought Restrictions – Information on drought restrictions from the San Antonio Water System.

GBRA Drought/Conservation Page – Information from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority on current drought conditions and contingency plans.

LCRA Drought Restrictions – Information from LCRA on drought restrictions in the Lower Colorado River basin.

Texas Drought Project – Information from a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Texans about climate change and drought.

“The Reality of Drought” – An article by Cow Creek GCD Director and HCA Board Member Milan J. Michalec about drought in the Hill Country (2009).

Agricultural Drought Task Force – A comprehensive Texas drought information website focused on agricultural water users.