Texas Drought Causes Red Water
The record-setting drought Texas is experiencing is so bad that it has prompted people who don't even live in Texas to see a sign of the Biblical end times there.
The drought has virtually emptied a couple west Texas reservoirs, one of which is O.C. Fisher, a lake that has gotten international attention because what remains of its water is now red. Not red-tinged, not a transparent red stained, but a deep, opaque red.
For Indiana preacher Paul Begley, what remains of Fisher's water is blood-colored, as cited in the book of Revelations' description of the end of the world: "The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water and they became blood."
That declaration, made on YouTube, was picked up by many people. Fisher's red water and its end-times association quickly made it to ABC news, CNN and the widely read Drudge Report website, and it continued to spread far and wide.
However, there is a scientific reason for the red water. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), that reason is Chromatiaceae bacteria. They thrive in oxygen-deprived water, which is the case in what's left of Fisher's hot, fish carcass-filled water.
The bacteria have multiplied so much that they have altered the color of the water, like an ocean "red tide" but much more concentrated.
Charles Cruz, a fish and wildlife technician with TPWD, told science website LiveScience.com that he "surveyed the lake, I believe it was last year, and we had a pretty good fish population out there. It was pretty sickening going out there [this year], watching lake levels just drop and drop, and seeing these nice trophy-sized bass just floating dead."
Blood-colored water and dead fish add up to a possible divine sign, for some. TPWD's Steve Lightfoot told one news outlet, "I've seen my share of hot topics since I joined the TPWD media group, but this one ranks with the best. The folks in San Angelo and San Marcos did a good job in explaining what really happened at O.C. Fisher, but sometimes news stories have a way of taking on several lives."
Just a few days ago, hundreds of dead fish were found floating in a small lake in a Quail Valley, Texas subdivision. So far no preaching associated with that kill ... yet.