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  •  Here on the plateau we are experiencing (1+ / 0-)
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    what's called an "exceptional" drought. Unprecedented. And I can tell you: nothing is growing; ponds are drying up; EVERYONE has sold their cattle but for breeding; wells are dry.

    And that is the most significant thing I can tell you. WELLS that have supplied farms with abundant water for 100 years are DRY.

    What if we had a pandemic NOW?  

    We're in the middle of a water crisis, and we would need water for so MANY vital functions--sterilizing, hydrating, feeding, and cooking, bathing and cleaning--and we just won't have it.

    I am so very afraid. We aren't even ready for the slow motion disasters.

    As yet, we have received NO WARNING letters about water usage. It's in the news, and everyone is talking about it. I caught rainwater (the four or five drenching downpours of 10 minutes for less) to keep my garden alive, but I'm set to lose the small orchard I planted seven years ago. Others are not so parsimonious with their usage. After 25 years in SoCal, I can see the writing on the wall.

    It has not rained for 7 weeks AT ALL. It is October 7 and over 90 degrees with a punishing sun (normal would be in the low 70s with a danger of frost at night). And this is our dryest month. The dust devils from the surrounding winter wheat fields are bigger than my house.

    Trouble's coming--and it's bearing a big stick and a wide, wide grin.

    •  Fellow gardener (1+ / 0-)
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      I feel your pain...truly. I live in e. Nebraska and we had eight years of drought. I lost quite a few young apple trees--I just didn't have the heart to drag hoses out there, it didn't seem right. This year we had nice normal rains, at regular intervals and it was so wonderful, but the groundwater still isn't replenished. And who knows what next year will bring.

      Did you read "The Worst Hard Time" about the Dustbowl in the 30's? Newish book. Gives you a very horrifying glimpse of how bad things can get.

      "It is time, brothers and sisters, for America to be patriotic about something other than war." John Edwards, 1/14/07.

      by sillia on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 06:18:13 PM PDT

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