FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/13/2013
Representative Ed Thompson Announces Start of Texas Drought Photo Campaign
What does your Texas Drought look like?
Pearland, TEXAS - As drought conditions persist across the state, Texas State Representative Ed Thompson announced the start of the “What Does your Texas drought look like?” statewide photo campaign. This campaign invites all Texans to contribute their photos of the effects of the on-going drought to a public group website.
"This photo campaign provides the unique opportunity for Texans to archive and share the photographic story of our state’s on-going drought,” Representative Thompson said. “This is an excellent opportunity for Texans with an eye for a good picture to contribute to the state’s discussion on water. It’s also an opportunity to show creative water conservation solutions.”
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 also feature selected photos on their respective social media accounts and websites. Selected 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 through September of this year.
Drought is a natural disaster that has historically affected Texas. 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 extreme drought conditions.
For more information regarding the “What does your Texas drought look like?” statewide photo campaign visit the Texas Water Development Board’s web-page at www.twdb.texas.gov. Access TWDB’s Flickr group page at http://www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought/. Share photos via Instagram under the account name “texasdrought”; or hashtag #txdrought.