BANDERA COUNTY, Texas
— Joe Mooneyham no longer grows any flowers or plants in his backyard. Instead, the Pebble Beach resident in Bandera County is nursing a quiet optimism that it will all come back. “I haven’t watered since September of last year,” Mooneyham said. “Everything was just emerald green.” He misses the greenery, the deer and the water. Medina Lake, which used to send gentle waves lapping at his backyard dock, has receded more than a mile and a quarter away. “Every day I go on and check the level,” Mooneyham said. Pebble Beach is a community whose name is borne out in the field of small stones that were once covered by several feet of lake water. It’s also a community reporting less than a three-month supply of water for its residents. More