In the south, we are suffering from the 100 year drought. This is a drought that is supposed to happen only once every 100 years. There have been reports about Atlanta running out of water in less than 3 months if there is no relief from the Corps of Engineers. There are reports that instead of loosening up on the water to take care of people and farmers’ needs water is still being released to protect mussels in Florida. There are efforts to conserve. There are plans for more reservoirs but it takes 15 years from proposal to completion of those reservoirs because of so many federal mandates and red tape. There is talk that we may not be allowed to fill swimming pools this summer if the drought does not let up.
I took photos recently of a local lake but then my hard drive crashed and I have not yet been able to retrieve them or able to take more photos. Instead of my own photos, you can click to see this slideshow from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. The slideshow is specifically of some local Boy Scouts cleaning up debris from the dried land that used to be the lake. You will see boat docks that are simply standing on mud rather than floating in water. You can even see a boat that is stuck in the middle of the dried up mud.
The good news is that eventually it will rain again and the lakes and reservoirs will fill back up. There are decisions to be made to determine what to do until the lakes fill back up. Hopefully, the citizens and the elected officials will learn from this experience so that when a future generation has a 100 year drought they are more prepared than we are today.
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