DROUGHT UPDATETexas Experiences Worst Ever One Year DroughtAs Heat Wave Continues• Nearly 99.93% of Texas is experiencing droughtconditions, with 73.49% experiencing “exceptional”drought conditions.• The temperatures in July were the hottest everrecorded, with an average temperature of 87.2°F(previous record was 86.5°F).• The state has also received its least year-to-dateprecipitation, with 6.53 inches of rainfall (historicalaverage was 16.03 inches and previous record was in1917 at 9.36 inches).
DROUGHT UPDATETexas Drought 2011: State Endures Driest 10-Month Span On Record
DROUGHT UPDATE Forestry & Beautification Irrigation systems Turned on old systems on larger trees Repair abandoned systems Daily monitoring to ensure proper working order Supplement water trucks (city / contract) Supporting new landscapes w/ drip irrigation Supporting spray systems with poor spray coverage Supporting trees w/o irrigation - watering over 1,000 weekly
DROUGHT UPDATE Forestry & Beautification Risk Assessment Monitoring trees for failure Removing dead trees Documenting loss and replacement needs Property Focus Focus more on properties with most value added Monitoring all properties and identifying changes necessary to survive future droughts
DROUGHT UPDATE Golf Impacts to Golf Highest water consumption in July Evaporating faster than consumption (June - August) Hand watering hot spots daily Hand watering trees Applying wetting agent throughout the summer Severe reduction in play
DROUGHT UPDATE Park Maintenance Issues with Park Infrastructure Parking lots Trails Fencing Formal athletic fields Informal practice fields Actions Hand watering trees as much as possible Filling in cracks with sandy loam Daily monitoring of all properties
DROUGHT UPDATEHPSC Fencing w/o HPSC Common Mow Strip Areas
DROUGHT UPDATEHPSC Parking Lot C Constructed inAugust 2010 Cracks limited toedgesCaused by treespulling water fromunderneath lot
DROUGHT UPDATE HPSC Multi-Purpose Fields (North Quad)
DROUGHT UPDATE Lake Arlington Lake level is +/-9’ below normal as of 9.1.11 Bowman Springs Ramps have been closed since 8.5.11. Simpson Ramps are projected to close the week of 9.12.11. Boat traffic is minimal due to low levels and extreme heat.
DROUGHT UPDATE Water Restrictions – Stage 1 Effective August 28, 2011 APRD watering on Tuesdays and Fridays Golf – greens and tees daily, Ditto exempt Watering skinned areas of athletic fields to control dust Exceptions Athletic complex, ATC and Golf - extended watering times because of business case
DROUGHT UPDATE Water Restrictions – Stage 2 No plans to enter in to Stage 2 at this time… Stage 1 requirements plus… Watering parks once per week No dust control on athletic fields
DROUGHT UPDATE Drought Recovery Plan 2012 City Business Plan Short term – What is the plan until the drought ends? Long term – What is the plan if the drought continues into next summer?