Several state agencies are working

The SE Texas Record Sep. 30, 2013, 9:09pm

AUSTIN — Several state agencies are working together on a photo project that encourages Texas residents to document how they have been affected by the ongoing drought.

The coalition of state agencies — the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)— are overseeing the statewide project, “What does your Texas drought look like?.”

Texans are invited to share their original photographs of the drought on Flickr, Instagram and other social media platforms. Photos should illustrate how the drought is affecting daily life—whether it is dry creek beds, withered crops, native plants flourishing in the dry climate or the innovative water conservation measures Texans are using to combat drought.

“Each Texan has experienced the drought’s ferocity in different ways,” Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said in a press release. “Our 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. We know citizen-led conservation efforts are our best alternative to mandated restrictions that can hurt our economy.”

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