The 2013 Drought Impact and Recovery in Texas Estuaries Workshop brought together over 50 bay and estuary scientists to share research findings on the impact of the extreme 2011 drought on Texas coastal areas and to identify and prioritize future data needs regarding the monitoring of drought impacts.
This workshop aimed to facilitate coordination of future drought-period monitoring activities and identify potential ways to use monitoring results to better inform the process for developing and refining environmental flow standards.
The morning session included presentations on existing drought-related data and research efforts, and during the afternoon, the participants divided into three breakout groups – upper, middle, and lower coast – to identify the major drought monitoring data needs and opportunities for collaboration. In addition, participants were asked to complete a survey prior to the workshop. View summary of participant surveys.
This event was sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Water Development Board and the Harte Research Institute.