Sunday, May 06, 2012
Drought expands throughout USA
Drought expands throughout USA: Still reeling from devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South in 2011, the nation is enduring more unusually parched weather. A mostly dry, mild winter has put nearly 61% of the lower 48 states in "abnormally dry" or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly federal tracking of drought. That's the highest percentage of dry or drought conditions since September 2007, when 61.5% of the country was listed in those categories.
The drought is expanding into some areas where dryness is rare, such as New England. "Conditions are starting to worry us now. stream flow levels are at record or near-record lows in much of New England. The Drought Monitor lists all of Vermont as "abnormally dry," just six months after the state's wettest August on record. So far this year, Connecticut has endured its driest January-March period ever. "We expanded the drought intensity and coverage in the Southeast and up and down the East Coast"
Brownback to sign new Kansas water management law during ceremony in Colby: Gov. Sam Brownback travels to northwestern Kansas this week to sign legislation intended to help conserve and extend the Ogallala Aquifer. At a ceremony Tuesday in Colby, Brownback will sign a bill that amends the Groundwater Management District Act to allow for creation of local enhanced management areas. The intent is to encourage more local action on saving water. Brownback proposed several measures this year to promote water conservation.
Don't think this is something new. We have been warning you for 5 years now to be prepared! With the two problems we were discussing even then you might think it was today.
Step back for a moment to Saturday, November 03, 2007
Experts rightly say the climate is our biggest security threat, we all know it as we watch the world prepare to make it irreparable!
Experts rightly say the Climate is our biggest security threat: we all know it as we watch the world prepare to worsen it Exponentially!
It really bothers me that any idiot knows this as we watch the environment deteriorate around the world and what we see beginning right here in America is occurring on an even worse scale as the world ignores the reality of our situation and appears to be racing towards world war three. Attacking Syria or Iran will be the trigger. we just do not know what the excuse to pull that trigger will be?
Syria or Iran will be attacked and that will set off world war three unless we can contain it but I want to talk about our deteriorating environment that we are preparing to essentially destroy. Just in America we watch every day as one part of the country or the other is experiencing the dire consequences of our worsening environment. We have been watching the developing water wars between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.not to speak of the continuing wildfires in California, and most of the country experiencing floods, numerous tornadoes,hurricanes, and severe heat.
I have to discuss the Southeast's water situation as it is worse than I thought and we haven't heard anything officially on it. I haven't even heard it acknowledge or spoken about from the White House. Just a reminder! Back to 2012 for a moment and I just want to point out that back in March I was already hearing warnings of severe drought all along the entire Eastern seaboard Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina included.
Back to 2007 and our ignored dire warnings: I know it is just one small town so this is related to the larger problem in the area, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia: ORME, Tenn. (AP) — As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community's towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve. With a twist of the wrist, he releases the tank's meager water supply, and suddenly this sleepy town is alive with activity. Washing machines whir, kitchen sinks fill and showers run. About three hours later, Reames will return and reverse the process, cutting off water to the town's 145 residents.
The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.
Wow 2012 and the situation is already worse than I thought. The 2007 link I wanted was dead and when I researched to find it there were so many town's and state's running out of water I included the link so you could see how bad it is already and to check if an area important to you is already or going to be affected.
The mighty waterfall that fed the mountain hamlet has been reduced to a trickle, and now the creek running through the center of town is dry. Three days a week, the volunteer fire chief hops in a 1961 fire truck at 5:30 a.m. — before the school bus blocks the narrow road — and drives a few miles to an Alabama fire hydrant. He meets with another truck from nearby New Hope, Ala. The two drivers make about a dozen runs back and forth, hauling about 20,000 gallons of water from the hydrant to Orme's tank. Please read A town out of water
I am surprised nothing can be done but am concerned about the Atlanta area and some of the things I am learning as to how bad it is and still nothing from the White House. Persistent droughts continue to dry up water supplies throughout the southeast, causing widespread restrictions on usage that, in some cases, are pitting neighbors - and states - against one another. With no end in sight, the U.S. Weather Service reported Thursday, parts of the region could to run out of water in less than 90 days.
Georgia, Alabama and Florida all derive most of their water supplies from the same two reservoirs, managed by the federal Army Corps of Engineers. While more people in Florida and Alabama tend to use more water for farms, power plants and industry, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is working to make sure that residents in his state don't wind up high and dry.
I am hearing for the first time about lake Allatoona in Georgia, Atlanta's secondary water supply and how important it is not only to Georgia but Alabama, and Florida. As a result of going to Washington to look for help as water is running out in Lake Lanier there main water supply, Governor Perdue arrived home to more water Problems. It seems to ne as a reward for complaining Georgia was now going to lose some water rights to Lake Allatoona.
Maybe I am naive but this absolutely blew me away. I was stupefied to hear that Cobb County returns 15 million gallons of treated sewage to the Lake every single day. That sounds pretty bad to me. Is this standard procedure? I was amazed to find this out. It seems to me that that area must already have a severe problem if they are doing that. Anyway as Alabama relies on Lake Allatoona as its main water supply they were allotted more water and Georgia's allotment of the treated sewage was cut. I mean, this all just blows me away!
Cobb's water authority got pulled into the temporary agreement because Allatoona is especially valuable to Alabama. The state takes much of its drinking and industrial water from the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin, which feeds the lake. The basin starts in northwest Georgia and flows to the Mobile Bay in Alabama. We in the rest of the unaffected country heard nothing of any of this.
I want to close with a Link to the experts saying what we already know and that is that the climate, our environment, is our biggest security threat and not the so called terrorists that Bush is using for his excuse to start world war three and worse the planets condition beyond any hopes of repair. Please read the think tanks dire assertions
Just remember all of this below the 2007 date was 5 years ago and like typical humans we have done nothing to remedy the situation if there was anything we could do. This year we are going to compound the situation with an even worse summer and we are only talking the United States. Look at the sobering still developing world's water wars How to take care of your own water needs