Recent floods highlight need for conservation

9922515_mlAs recent events have shown, drought isn’t the only issue we face when it comes to our water. Severe floods can quickly destroy homes and businesses, devastating families and disrupting lives. Living with water shortages or damaging floods brings to light how connected we all are to the natural world around us. Our health suffers without clean water and fresh air. Our families suffer without safe places to spend time together outdoors. Our economies suffer when Texas’ quintessential birds, fish and wildlife disappear.

We hope that we have endured the worst of this extended drought and severe flooding, and we know that our state will come out the other side as strong and as vibrant as ever. But another epic flood or drought can disrupt our progress. Actions we take today can help us handle any situation life throws at us in the future. Conserving land is one such action with many long-lasting benefits.

Fortunately, Texas is home to over 30 land trusts, like the Hill Country Conservancy, that have already helped to conserve 1.6 million acres of wetlands, forests, coastlines and river corridors – HCC with its partners has already conserved over 44,000 acres within the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. These conservation efforts bring people together to make commitments that can change communities for the better. Together, we can ensure that the Texas landscape – a vital component of the health of our air and water – can be left intact for all of us today and for the future.

We here at Hill Country Conservancy believe in conserving land for the public good. If you agree, please support the continued protection of Texas’ open land and clean water right here in the Texas Hill Country.