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Water! Water! Where's the Water? Drought and its Effects (June 16 2011)

16 June 2011 at 5:14:59 PM

If I remember correctly, it rained a little bit about a week ago (maybe it was two). That rain, which came via a thunderstorm, promptly and quickly dried up the next day. There hasn't been enough rain to help the grass grow, so we've been resorting to hay bales to get us through and are furiously working on a fence in a different part of the property that has not been grazed yet. We also have been watering the cows from our well every 2 days due to the intense heat. The picture you see with this post is the carrier we use to fill up from our well and then tote over to cows where there is NO well, no lakes, no rivers, no streams.

I noticed this article today regarding cattle ranchers that are having to downsize their herds due to what one county extension agent called "extreme drought conditions".

"When a rancher sells a cow, he's losing a calf a year for five, six or seven years," said Bill Hyman, executive director of the Lockhart-based Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas. "That part of the future he's never going to get back. The rancher is selling at a salvage price and has to buy back at two, three times higher."

Miller warned that it could take Texas ranchers years to rebuild their herds. "When we have very low numbers already and sell off these mama cows, we don't have any way to generate numbers back. It could take three years to get those numbers back."

When I've read the history of this country, I've often wondered what caused groups of settlers to move to another place? Now I can see that one reason, at least, may have been drought conditions.

I remember driving down to Elm Mott on another drought year, probably about 10 years ago. I saw the corn burned up in the fields and thought sadly about how all that farming work was for naught.

The Austin-American-Statesman says that the Llano River could be dried up in a few days.

Llano is experiencing its worst drought in more than half a century, city officials said.

As of Wednesday, the Llano River, which normally courses through town at 158 cubic feet per second this time of year, was flowing at 3.8 cubic feet per second — the slowest since 1953, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The river is the city's sole source of drinking water.

Officials expect the river's flow to stop as soon as the end of this week, prompting bans on personal car washing, sprinkler use and pool filling.

And this was one of the more interesting takes on Who Gets the Water? By necessity, when water is scarcer, that puts a crimp into oil and gas drilling, which uses a LOT of water for fracking. Bloomberg

The water crisis in Texas, the biggest oil- and gas- producing state in the U.S., highlights a continuing debate in North America and Europe over the impact on water supplies of a production technique called hydraulic fracturing. Environmental groups are concerned the so-called fracking method may pose a contamination threat, while farmers in arid regions like south Texas face growing competition for scarce water.

Incidentally, although the article above doesn't really mention it, this would also apply to nuclear power plants, which use a tremendous amount of water.

Frankly, I'm with humanbeing from the other day. I sure don't want to see people using up precious water for their LAWN. Heck, cattle can't even get much green grass to eat but vanity lawns get overwatered? No!




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