Texas Water Development Board launches new drought Web site

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

Austin (October 23, 2013) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today launched a new drought Web site as part of its Water Data for Texas Web site.  As Texas faces ongoing drought and critical water shortages, this site brings together relevant resources, links, data and analyses to provide a one-stop shop for drought information.  It consolidates, updates and replaces drought-related pages on the main TWDB website.

The new drought Web site provides easy access to Texas-specific versions of historical and current information from commonly used datasets that measure drought (17 datasets are currently available).  The website automatically downloads or calculates drought-related information from national, state and TWDB datasets on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, depending on the dataset.

It also includes archives of TWDB's Legislative Drought Updates that were previously not available online.

This website was developed by TWDB's Water Science and Conservation Division.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.