Planning for the future is always a challenge – even more so in the midst of a pandemic. Texans currently are coping with the uncertainties of the Covid-19 crisis – financial hardships, continuing hospitalizations and deaths, the impacts of “reopening” the economy while the virus spreads – focused on the next several months, not looking 50 years ahead.
However, the Covid-19 crisis may be a relatively short-term period in history, albeit one with profound impacts for years to come. On the other hand, Texas faces numerous ongoing and recurring challenges. For example, our state has had devastating droughts in the past and inevitably will again. Texans of a certain age remember the “historic drought of record” of the 1950s – the worst multi-year drought in the state’s recorded history. Some tree ring studies indicate that Texas experienced even worse multi-year droughts in past centuries before rainfall records were kept.
Read more from Ken Kramer with Texas Living Waters Project here.