John Entsminger, senior deputy general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority said “that in 2000, Lake Mead was completely full, but the [13-year-long] drought we’ve seen in the 21st century has resulted in Lake Mead going down over 120 feet.”
Federal regulators announce the historic reduction of the amount of water released from Utah’s Lake Powell reservoir to Mead. This reduction will lower the reservoir’s (lake Mead) level another 20 feet by July 2014.
Enstminger said “the arid situation actually may not be unusual for the West. We know from the paleo-tree ring record that the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries of the last 1,200 years.”
California’s San Joaquin valley and Sacramento valley and former desert lands near Yuma Arizona, is Americas vegetable basket producing an estimated 80 percent of all vegetables consumed by Americans. The real truth is without water being diverted from mountain snow melt and water diverted from the Colorado river, these vegetable growing regions would be desert valleys with no vegetable crops being grown.
Agriculture, livestock and poultry producers, fruit and nut growers are in direct Competition with golf courses, city dwellers excessive water use and landscaping that serves no useful purpose.
Until city dwellers are forced when the tap runs dry or by food shortages at supermarkets. Water conservation will never be truly realized and conservation measures put into place in the form of water rationing.
California and Arizona is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost all of the southern 1/2 of the U.S. and all of the southwestern states have suffered from drought condition in the past 5 or more years with little chance of conditions getting wetter for a very long time if ever.
Drip Irrigation – Water Your Garden On The Cheap
Installing Drip Irrigation system(s) now is a good way to fight back the high cost of watering your Berry, Fruit, Nut trees and vegetable gardens.
Water is applied at the plants base root zone at a slow rate maximizing water conservation by limiting water loss in run off and evaporation. Only the root zone is watered so you can deep water and go longer before your plants need another soaking saving time and water. As an added benefit there are attachments that will allow you to deliver water based fertilizers directly to your crops root zone.
The Colorado State University Extension has a website that contains a great deal of information on drip irrigation systems CSU Drip Irrigation
University of Nebraska Drip Irrigation Fact Sheet
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I have also seen drip systems offered at places like Lowes and Home Depot.
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