In a More Urban Texas, Farmers Face Uncertain Future

The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.
The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.

The state's recent drought has permanently changed life for some Texans, but in many ways, the scarcity just underlined a crisis already looming in the state. For the latest installment in KUT News, StateImpact Texas and Texas Monthly's series on water issues, Mose Buchele looks at Wharton County, where water concerns have imperiled a generation of rice farmers.

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