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Re: What's This?

After our latest 2 1/2 year drought, it was getting that bad here, couldn't
launch a boat anywhere (lake receded too far from the ramps).  Grass growing
in all the coves, people mowing under their docks.   Marinas, boat service
outfits, fishing guides and all going under.  Everyone on water restrictions
and so forth.  The main difference is that we have more and deeper
reserviors because it is normal for us to go 3 - 4 months w/ no rain in the
summer.  But some of the lakes were so low this last time, they shut them
down, too low to pump water out of them.  I can't do Rich's dance but am
praying y'all get some good deep soaking rain every night.  Sprinkles (like
we are getting now) are not going to do the trick.  Only reason we came out
of our drought so fast is we got 30 plus inches of rain in the month of June
when we normally don't get anything.  And we only average 35 inches in a
normal year, whatever that is.

On 12/1/07, Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com> wrote:
> Donna,
> 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.
> d
> ----- 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!
> >
> > Donna
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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