AGRICULTURE: Water for Texas

Rain fell last week on east Texas and scattered sections of west Texas. The rain, plus announcement of an $8,000,000 federal-aid program, brightened the spirits of drought-stricken Texas ranchers. The rush to ship cattle to the stockyards tapered off, and beef rose $1 to $4 per 100 lbs. But the drought was far from over. And when and if it does end, Texas' water problems will be far from solved.

The hard fact is that Texas simply does not have enough water in the right places to support its fast-growing population, industry and...

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