“For example, the cotton industry, which is primarily an irrigated crop, there wasn't any water to release from the lake for those producers,” Arthur said. “That also has a chain reaction because the cotton gins don't have business. So, there are employment opportunities that are not there, and then there are all the businesses that support the industry, feed for livestock and equipment industries that are affected, as well.”
Money utilized from the fund can go toward things such as providing water for livestock, rural fire suppression activities, and emergency infrastructure conservation. The amount of money each county will receive from the $3 million fund is yet to be determined.