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Has the Drought Lifted?

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Despite the recent rain, the drought lingers on, albeit not as severe as a couple months ago.

Texas drought map

In fact, as the Statesman‘s Asher Price reports, rivers and lakes in Central Texas are still at or near historical lows. One water supplier is preparing for drastic cuts:

Lower Colorado River Authority officials told water customers Friday to prepare for a 35 percent cut in their use.

The LCRA board could declare the drought the worst-ever at its Oct. 21 meeting. That would mean an immediate and total cut of water to downriver farmers and give water customers about 90 days to start cutting their use by 35 percent. The possibility of such cuts was floated at the board’s September meeting.

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is associate editor of the Observer. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.