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  •  here is picture of lake travis... (3+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, capelza, Boxer7

    unfortunately, this is happening in the US and around the world --- lakes drying up, rivers no longer reaching the ocean.

    and yet we still do not acknowledge that there is a water crisis that will only get worse.

    thanks for diary. :)

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 10:19:54 AM PDT

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       one kind of assumes that somewhere there are adults who have an understanding of water supply and demand.  But as I try to dig for information on this drought I am coming to the realization that the water shortage may just hit all at once.  

       Right now they just lead me away - "it's okay, Jake, it's Chinatown."

      •  Not completely true. (1+ / 0-)
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        Boxer7

        Cities and towns in the Hill Country have had water restrictions in place for many years. There are multiple levels of water use and a few smaller towns are already near or at their most severe level of mandatory H20 restriction. Austin is considering additional mandatory restrictions as well.  We are long past the days of volunteer restrictions in this region.

        Through all your faults and all my complaints, I still love you.

        by jayden on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 10:39:14 AM PDT

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        •  does someone monitor the Edwards Aquifer (0+ / 0-)

           from which, as I understand it, so much of the Austin region draws its water supply?  

           I am having a hard time understanding if - and the extent to which - there is good science going into understanding water use in the Hill Country.

          •  I'm not sure who monitors the aquifer levels. (1+ / 0-)
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            Boxer7

            It could be the LCRA? Austin draws its water from Lake Austin, not the Edwards Aquifer. Lake Austin is a constant level lake unlike the Highland Lakes which are used as reservoirs for flood control. San Antonio is the Edwards Aquifer water hog.

            Here is something else of great concern about the on-going drought that is only now getting attention:

            Trees Deaths

            Through all your faults and all my complaints, I still love you.

            by jayden on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 10:55:46 AM PDT

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            •  whew - the dying tree outbreak (0+ / 0-)

               is pretty alarming - raising questions about what is going on with the subsurface water table.

              •  It's due to a 30" deficit of rain in two years. (1+ / 0-)
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                Boxer7

                It is an exceptional drought and the longer it continues the worse it is for trees. Last year some trees dropped their leaves early and there are signs it will happen again this year. Mature trees suffering through extended states of wilt is a horrible thing to witness.

                Through all your faults and all my complaints, I still love you.

                by jayden on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 12:55:23 PM PDT

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