Drought Conditions Pose Unique Risks to South Plains Communities, Environment and Economies

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Jan. 20, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – A panel of experts hosted a community forum Friday to address the present climate conditions on the South Plains and how drought conditions affect the community, environment and economy. Earlier this week Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared a statewide drought disaster as a result of the conditions.

“When there are periods of decreased rainfall we’re all forced to experience unique changes and challenges,” said A.C. Correa, director of the International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies at Texas Tech University. “We felt it was our duty to make available to the community a panel of experts to discuss concerns and answer questions.”

Panel members and topics discussed included the following:

John Lipe, National Weather Service, Lubbock
Drought conditions’ impact on local and regional residents

Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
Past droughts as a key to future climate conditions

Chester Carthel, City of Lubbock
The impact of drought conditions in the city of Lubbock

Carlton Britton, Texas Tech University
Drought, fire and prescribed burning

Roger Haldenby, Plains Cotton Growers Inc.
Drought conditions and agriculture

Loren Smith, Texas Tech University
The drought, playa lakes and wildlife populations

The International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies was created in 1966 to lead the university's special mission to study arid and semiarid environments. The center focuses on water related issues and the human relationship to these environments worldwide.

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CONTACT: A.C. Correa, Director of ICASALS at Texas Tech, ac.correa@ttu.edu, (806) 742-2218 Ext. 252