EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
Cycles of drought have affected many parts of the country, devastating vegetation and wildlife and raising concerns about water supply and water purity. Drought can bring a variety of problems to communities, such as challenges to energy generation and increased industrial and municipal costs, which means planning and managing water use are critical issues for policy makers at every level. Drought can also affect wider ecosystems by destroying trees and wildlife, changing and damaging water quality, and harming estuaries and freshwater habitats for birds and fish.