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Re: Southeast Drought

Hi Daryl,
        I can feel you pain, having gone thru a Drought in Colorado in 02.
The green industry here got their act together pretty quickly, after it
appeared that WE would be the Bull's Eye for water waste. Lots of talks with
the water providers on how unfair and short sighted a water ban can be.
        They brought out points such as the jobs lost and tax dollars lost
by shutting down the industry, water wasted by sidewalk washing and car
washes, bottling plants and other major industry, etc. SInce so many trees
have been planted in this high desert area, they pointed out that a ban
would compromise the health of our tree canopy. In some cases, people chose
to water their grass for the 15minutes allowed per zone, three days per
week, during the rationing phase, and neglected their trees and shrubs.
        The local paper had reservoir levels in the paper everyday so folks
could compare..very in your face. MAny people got the message, others did
not and got fined heavily...some people have more money I guess. Our
industry slowed but only a handful had to close. NOW of course, many people
are in the habit of conserving and know their lawns and plants really do no
need as much water as they thought. But once the drought broke, which I am
not sure is true, the water providers raised their rates to make up for the
lose of revenue because people are not using as much water. CAtch 22

        This link goes to the association and their Best management
Practices for the long term health of our industry.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Southeast Drought

> More reservoirs would help- especially ones not controlled by the Army
> of Engineers. They were dumping huge amounts of water to support mussels
> downstream, without ever having researched how much the mussels actually
> needed.
> ----- Original Message -----

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