From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
August 6, 2013
Contact: Janice McCoy
(512) 463-0124

Senator Fraser Announces Texas Drought Photo Campaign

Senator Troy Fraser announces the start of the "What Does your Texas drought look like?" statewide photo campaign. This public awareness campaign invites all Texans to contribute their photos of the effects of the on-going drought to a public group website.

"While we know the facts and numbers on how bad a Texas drought can be, we don't have a comprehensive visual record of its effects," said Senator Fraser. "This drought photo campaign provides the unique opportunity for Texans to archive and share the story of our state's on-going drought through photos."

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has teamed up with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to host the "What does your Texas drought look like?" photo campaign. Interested Texans may share their photographs of drought through TWDB's Flickr group page and Instagram site.

Participating agencies will feature selected photos on their respective social media accounts and websites. Some of the photos will be used to help educate Texans on the problems associated with drought disasters, and the importance of water and water conservation to this state.

The Texas drought photo campaign will run from August to September of this year.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Texans to contribute to the state's discussion on water resources," Senator Fraser continued. "We want to see the depleted lakes, the dry creek beds, and even the native plants and landscapes that are thriving without water. It's also an opportunity for Texans to show creative water conservation solutions."

The entire state endured the worst one-year drought in recorded history in 2011. Currently, 99 percent of Texas is in some stage of drought. Record-breaking, exceptional drought continues to plague some Texas communities, as the majority of the state remains within severe to exceptional drought conditions.

More information regarding the "What does your Texas drought look like?" statewide photo campaign may be found on the Texas Water Development Board's web-page at www.twdb.texas.gov. TWDB's Flickr group page for the may be accessed at http://www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought/. Photos may also be shared via Instagram under the account name "texasdrought" or hashtag #txdrought.

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