Life by the Drop: Down the Colorado River
The great Texas drought of 2011 changed everything, from the way we relate to the water we need, to the way communities relate to each other. Over the next three days KUT will take you on a tour of the Colorado River, to hear from the people who depend on the river for their livelihood and learn what’s being done to ensure an adequate water supply in the future.
We begin at the town of Robert Lee. It sits in the High Plains, and last year the drought dried up its main source of water.
A drought is kind of like a cancer, it just slowly eats and eats and eats. Your water sources dry up. Your businesses start drying up. Without water, people aren’t going to stay there. It’s just a slow, declining death.
The report continues tomorrow during Morning Edition; in a special report in Texas Monthly on newsstands tomorrow; and on KUT on Friday at 3pm with a special report, Life by the Drop: Drought, Water and the Future of Texas.