Drought Returns to Georgia

Georgia counties under level 1 drought conditions.
Georgia counties under level 1 drought conditions.
Today, the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection declared level 1 drought conditions in 53 north Georgia counties. During a level 1 drought, water utilities must begin public education campaigns about the importance of conservation of water, however there are no additional water use restrictions in effect beyond the normal requirement that prohibits most outdoor watering between 10 AM and 4 PM. From a press release:

“Water utilities have already taken action to insure that water supplies are generally good and practicing effective water conservation will help provide sufficient supplies through the coming months if dry conditions persist,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.

“North Georgia has had a hot, dry summer and the fall season is historically a dry time of the year,” said State Climatologist Bill Murphey. “Current drought conditions are likely to continue through the fall season, although tropical activity and rain-producing systems can provide beneficial rainfall.”

The last major drought in Georgia occurred between 2007 and 2009, and led to then-Governor Sonny Perdue to declare a state of emergency in portions of north Georgia. In addition, the governor was mocked by many after he prayed for rain on the steps of the Gold Dome. The drought finally ended after what was called a 500 year flood occurred in September 2009.

As of yet, the situation is nowhere near as dire as it was nine years ago. And Georgia’s water usage declined dramatically despite a rising population, in part due to the past drought. Normally, winter rains replenish the groundwater and reservoirs. If that doesn’t happen this drought could get much worse.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

I’ll be a sport and and go ahead tee it up for the libs….
Obviously all of this is caused by Global Warming, wait, no, Global Cooling??, no….ahhhhhh, hmmmm…oh ok, it’s now Climate Change, or is it El Nino, El Chapo, El Chicos or maybe La Nina, La Bomba or even La Quinta or maybe Algore’s or Hilly’s own private jets, or maybe an over abundance of Cow Flatulence, damn those McDonald’s and Wendy’s!!!…

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

People and comments like this are so very useless. Show me your science degree. Show me your expertise in anything besides snarky comments.

Science is important. Snarky comments are not.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lol!! Don’t like good natured teasing?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Direct questions:

Do you think global warming is occurring?

If so, what is/are its cause/s and what will be its results?

rickday
rickday

You won’t
be laughing
when the Gales of November come early!

Benevolus
Benevolus
Noway2016
Noway2016

Imagine that! Ice melting in the Dog Days of late August!!! Lolololol! Do you think that bad ‘ol cruise ship could make that same sad voyage in mid January!?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There are reasons there are virtually no Conservative comics. Stick with what’s made the GOP the rising successful party of the 2016 cycle—appeals to fear and loathing. I didn’t include disdain for science, because that seems to be well in hand.

rickday
rickday

The logic of the typical Christian, when gently mocked by non believers, is “Rapture may not be true, but I’m going to be prepared JUST IN CASE there is a Rapture!”

Why can’t you simply extend the same blind faith to the obvious negative impact of Industrial pollution on our planet?

chefdavid
chefdavid

No worries for us up in Dade. We are hooked in to the Tennessee American Water Company which get’s it’s water from the TN River. We can actually buy it from them cheaper than we can make it from Lookout Creek ourselves.

rickday
rickday

until they turn off the faucet and 10 fold increase the price. Supply and demand.