North Texas Drought
Residents in and around Collin County are being treated to a sight they haven’t seen in years. Lake Lavon is so full, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the lake to reduce flood risks.
A lot of North Texans know the drill, harsh water restrictions, that for some, only allow outdoor watering twice a month. But a massive project at one of the hardest hit lakes in the region could at least help some.
The City of Murphy set new rules about landscaping, banning homeowners from installing synthetic turf and artificial grass in areas visible from the street.
As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
On the O’Bannon farm in Weatherford peach season is in high gear. Jean and John O’Bannon can’t help but feel overjoyed. The few nuisance issues they’ve had this year are actually good ones to have. Last year the crop was the pits thanks to a late freeze.
North Texas cities are trying to figure out how to deal with a costly side effect of the drought. Some are losing millions of dollars because of water restrictions.
An Arlington golf course is taking it upon itself to tackle the water problems that have accompanied the North Texas drought. The decision was made to drill for water at Meadowbrook Park Golf Course.
Plentiful rainfall this past week improved conditions across Texas, although 69 percent of the state remained in some drought stage. Just less than 5 percent of the state was in the driest category on the map, down from about 6.6 percent a week ago.
Flood waters damaged 20 homes near Granbury with nine deemed unlivable by the American Red Cross. Upwards to eight inches of rain fell in the matter of a few hours in the area on Sunday.
The start of summer is usually synonymous with big business for shops along North Texas lakes. But with water levels sitting at historic lows, boaters are scarce.
North Texas Municipal Water District officials learned Thursday that lakes Lavon and Chapman are dangerously close to being too low for pumping water. The board still voted to extend Stage 3, twice a month watering through October.
As the North Texas drought continues its relentless years-long march, more people are turning to drought-resistant plants to decorate their yards.