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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Asheville's Drought

It seems like ages since since North Carolina, or greater Asheville, have seen a drought map that looked as good as this.

The Winston-Salem Journal noted the drought status with these words of context:
The drought of 2007-08 is considered the worst in North Carolina since record keeping on such conditions began in 1895. The drought began Feb. 13, 2007, moving from the mountains to the coast as a lack of rainfall depleted streamflows and reduced reservoirs to record low levels. Many towns imposed water-conservation restrictions.
Most of the recent improvement is attributable to an unusually wet month of May. The Citizen Times noted today that we might well set a record for rainfall before June begins.

Guarded Optimism?
Despite the past few weeks of above average moisture, our region at this point is still around one half inch below normal for the year. Over the past 30 months, the deficit is somewhere around 24 inches. This leads us to wonder about groundwater which replenishes more slowly than reservoirs.

According to the North Carolina Groundwater Association, 52% of state residents depend upon groundwater for drinking. This comes in the form of private or community owned wells. Outside of Asheville, in the mountain counties, groundwater is dominant for household and farm use.

The State Division of Water Resources monitors 46 wells across the state to assess the groundwater situation. Of particular note would be this page, which gives the current status. 33 of the 46 monitoring wells are still listed as being below mean flows.

One can only hope for continued rainfall, as it seems it will take some time yet for the groundwater situation to return to normal. But of course, not so much that it causes problems with mold and so forth for the many family farms.

The City of Asheville website has kept a close watch on this throughout, and offers water conservations tips as well.

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Anonymous commercial real estate said...

they should learn how to conserve water so they can help Asheville...

5:12 AM  

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