All posts by Kate Galbraith
Farmers and ranchers are the most visible victims of drought. But if our incredibly thirsty power plants, factories, and municipalities don’t figure out how to cope with a hotter, drier climate, the Texas Miracle might disappear in a cloud of dust.
As much as anything, the Texas economic miracle depends on water. Lots of water. So what are all those power plants, refineries, and factories going to do as the state gets drier and drier and drier?
The drought has intensified a struggle over water between rice farmers along the Gulf and city dwellers in Central Texas and, for the first time, raised a grim possibility: there might not be enough to go around.
For more than 75 years, rice farmers in Matagorda County and elsewhere along the Gulf have shared the waters of the Colorado River with urban residents in the Hill Country. But with city centers booming and an almost-certain drought ahead, the state is being forced to choose between a water-intensive crop and a water-intensive population.
As the Permian Basin dries up, Midland’s residents are grappling with a reality they’ve never had to face before: water restrictions. And it isn’t pretty.
As the drought tightens its grip on Texas, its effects are being felt everywhere, from rivers to reservoirs to the formerly verdant lawns of Midland.
From the old-style models to the three-story turbines, windmills are a part of Texas history. The machine's evolution is on display in Lubbock at the world's largest windmill museum.
From the old-style models to the three-story turbines, windmills are a part of Texas history. The machine’s evolution is on display in Lubbock at the world’s largest windmill museum.