COLLEGE STATION – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service has launched a new website called Water Education in Texas (http://agrilife.org/drought/), solely for the purpose of providing homeowners and producers with easy-to-find water-wise drought tips.
“We found that the longer this historical drought hangs on, the more information is generated to help Texans cope with it,” said Dr. Pete Gibbs, AgriLife Extension associate director at College Station. “The trouble is, we’re now drowning in a virtual sea of drought-related information. To stem the flow, AgriLife Communications has siphoned off only the most pertinent information that’s been submitted by our experts. This information has been updated, then further edited down to provide the public with just what they need to know.”
Gibbs said the site is easy to navigate because it has only three main categories, which are easily accessed by a single click of the mouse. The site’s categories are “Your Home,” which deals with everything from leaky faucets to washing machines; “Lawn and Garden,” which addresses topics including drip irrigation and watering trees, and “Agriculture and Wildlife,” which offers tips on livestock, crops, fish and wildlife.
The information is offered in short, bulleted single sentences with a key word or phrase embedded within the text for those seeking more in-depth information on that particular topic, Gibbs said.
“Our main goal is to provide the best information possible that people can actually use,” Gibbs said. “You can have the best information in the world, but if your clientele can’t find it or don’t know it exists, it’s pretty much worthless.”