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Re: What's This?


Surely you've heard of the great Atlanta drought! It's the worst dry spell since records have been kept. Lake Lanier, the primary reservoir, is at its lowest level since it began filling in the 50's. Our city/county water department's main intake channel is nearly dried up, so they're spending millions to dredge and extend the lines. I was across the channel a couple of weeks ago, and the concrete block surround for the pumps, which is normally under water, was completely exposed. The surround is about as tall as a 1 storey house. Everything to the right of the pump, up channel was dry ground, with grass growing around stranded docks.

It doesn't help that the lake also has to support navigation and endangered mussels downstream, and that the Army Corps of Engineers has really screwed up its water releases. They've now reduced them some, (after a lawsuit that forced them to check with the Fish and Wildlife folks who said, basically, "no, of course the mussels don't need that much water") but they're saying it will take 4 years of "normal" rain to refill the lake. Other, smaller reservoirs are as bad off because they didn't have the capacity. You can walk across some of them.

We have a well that I'd been using for watering and taking care of the animals, but it only has about 20 minutes of water in it at a time now. We're lucky that the county ran waterlines through a few years ago. I remember in the Great Drought of the 80's that we had to choose between showering and clothes washing and Bill brought home 5 gallon carboys and buckets of water. WE used wash water for flushing and rinse water to wash the next load. Still, we're required to reduce county water use, and we were already conserving through force of habit.

My business is non-existent. I haven't had a call since stage 4 restrictions hit. Most landscapers, nurseries and such are going belly-up or taking out disaster loans. The lake businesses (marinas, bait and tackle shops, fishing guides, etc) are going out of business. The local economy depends, in large part on lake tourism, too. It's taken a huge hit. Nobody wants to camp near a mudhole, nor rent a boat that can't sail, nor walk a dry beach. All their restaurant and hotel and grocery and Wal-mart dollars go away, too.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2007 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] What's This?

Where do you live Daryl?

Is this your own well that is going dry?

Not much news coverage here about your drought.  In
the heat of the summer there were some comments about
the south.... but this really sounds serious!


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