Drought Update- Southeast June ’08

We’ll start this Update with a little recap of May ’08:

“We are in only the month of May, and these dumbass’ are yet again lifting more Water restrictions. They are lifting restrictions in 61 North Georgia counties which required them to reduce water use by 10%. They also lifted restrictions in central and southern counties. All of this while North Georgia remains in a severe or Extreme Drought.”

And from April ’08:

“Lake Lanier at this time unlike last year[2007] is well below historic mean for 04/15/08 with a level of 1057.4. In October of 2007 the lake level was at 1055.91. The Late Fall, Winter, and Early Spring months are the time of Water Regeneration in the Southeast. As you can see from the levels and dates above, the lake has only risen about 1.5 Feet over this period of regeneration. The current level for Sunday, April 27, 2008, is 1057.54 which is a gain of little more than a tenth of an inch.”

That should give you some idea of the severity of this situation.

Unfortunately, it appears Law Makers are still in Denial, are not aware of the situation, or like most Law Makers…Just don’t give a Shit. Wait a minute there Ed, What do you mean, Law Makers don’t give a shit. Well they don’t. In fact, most never have and as long as they receive a paycheck and get to play God occasionally, most never will care about impacts on your life, the lowly citizen.

What I know, The Law Makers have to know……..right?

Back in January 2008 I posted a couple Graphs showing the Georgia Lake Levels. Again as usual, we are only looking at the Level of Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is the main water source for more than 3 million metro Atlantans, and More people Downstream via the Chattahoochee River.

In the first Graph from October 26, 2008, The Level of Lake Lanier was 1056.00 ft. In the Second Graph from January 27. 2008, The Level of Lake Lanier was 1051.43 ft. That was a decrease in Water that Millions of People depend on, by 4.57 Ft. According to the Current Graph obtained Saturday June 14, 2008 @ 9:06am EDT, the level of Lake Lanier is at 1057.19.

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Although there appears to be a substantial gain of 5.76 ft since January of 2008, the Water in Lake Lanier has in Reality only risen 1.19 Ft. since October 26, 2008. Thats right, One Point One Nine ft for 3 million plus.

The Numbers Game….another Con

I’ve just shown you above how Law Makers play the Numbers game when deciding who, what, and where water restrictions can be eased. I have previously posted other examples of this. If they are looking at the same numbers as I, I ‘Do Not’ understand how they can lift even More Water Restrictions.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Water restrictions relaxed for some, they tell us “Fifteen water providers — including Cherokee, Clayton and Fayette counties in metro Atlanta — have received state permission to ease restrictions on outdoor sprinklers and car-washing.”

Now why would you lift the Water restrictions in counties around Atlanta including some within the City itself?

From the same article: “Sally Bethea, founding director of the environmental advocacy group Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, questioned the EPD’s actions.

“I do not understand how EPD can justify weakening outdoor watering restrictions anywhere in metro Atlanta with drought conditions expected to worsen through the summer and Lanier at a record low level for this time of year,” Bethea said.

She points out that the bill Perdue signed also allows governments to seek EPD approval to strengthen their watering restrictions. But when the city of Atlanta made such a request last month, it was turned down.

“Is there a supply shortage or not?” Bethea said.”

I’m with Bethea, Is there a supply shortage or not? The Law Makers seem to think NO, but the Numbers Tell US YES.

Now for some Doom and Gloom

I’ve shown you how bad the Southeast Drought is, despite what the Law Makers are saying. I have shared with you my thoughts Here and Here on what it will take to End the Drought in the Southeast. It appears at this time the Professionals are starting too agree. The only thing or as they call it ‘Our Best Chance’, is a hurricane or tropical storm.

In the article they also tell us: “Lake Lanier is receiving only 26 percent of its normal inflows this month, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lake level is at a record low for this time of year, and State Climatologist David Stooksbury said last week drought conditions are expected to worsen across north Georgia over the next several months.”

They go on to tell us: “For the year, the water flowing into the lake from the Chattahoochee and Chestatee rivers and other streams is less than half the norm. Both rivers are flowing near their record lows for this date.

At the same time, the Corps has increased the amount of water it is releasing from the lake to meet metro Atlanta’s water supply and wastewater needs, and for other downstream demands.

Lanier is about 14 feet below full, lower than it has ever been at this time of year. The lake — along with the Chattahoochee just below it — is the main water source for more than 3 million metro Atlantans.”

With Data like this, you might begin to see why I Trash / Bash the Law Makers so much, for being so Stupid.

Whats coming

The Summer Solstice is just around the corner [ June 20 @ 7:59 pm EDT ], Which means dryer and hotter conditions in the Southeast. The lakes are lower than they were in January of this year and have only gained a little over 1 Foot since October of 2007.

With that being said, I don’t have to tell you what’s coming. Without a Major tropical system hitting the Southeast this year it is looking worse than before. If we are Lucky Enough to have a Tropical System hit the Southeast this year, I hope it’s not a Hurricane Katrina or brings major Flooding like in Iowa at this time. This is a case of- Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.

Some graphic’s for you to look at:

U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook:

US drought Monitor:

Southeast Rainfall deficit:

From more drought information go to: www.georgiadrought.org

To view real-time stream flows: waterdata.usgs.gov

To view data about lakes Allatoona and Lanier, go to: water.sam.usace.army.mil

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