The SE Farm Press ran a story concerning pesticides in the aftermath of flooding events in one of their recent editions. The article list some standard guidelines for handling pesticide spills to protect you and water resources. The article can be found in the Oct 6th edition of SE Farm Press.
Pam Knox, Agricultural Climatologist with UGA CAES and Crop and Soil Science Department writes in here post dated September 29, 2016 that a small area of Georgia (upper NW corner) has been designated as had a D4 drought condition, the first since February 5, 2013.
She further states that if you are experiencing conditions that you think are not representative of the Drought Map, there is some information on how to report your condition(s).
Pam Knox re-posted a story from the Atlanta Journal concerning the Atlanta Flood of 2009. To read the story and the conditions that lead to the flood, click here.
With the drought conditions continuing across Georgia, different groups have declared drought conditions in a number of counties. There is however, more than one drought declaration and they are for different purposes. The EPD declared a Level 1 drought in 53 counties across Georgia which triggers a set of strategies set by the Rules. Within USDA, drought conditions can trigger a Secretarial disaster designation which triggers the availability of funds through FSA.
To explain how all of this works, Pam Knox has posted in her Blog an explanation of the different drought declarations.
With 53 Georgia counties in a Level 1 drought condition currently, the main focus should be water conservation. Some of the things that can be done to conserve water are listed below:
Indoors: One fact sheet from UGA is Every Drop Counts: Conserve Water at Home
1. Run water only when needed
2. If you have to run the “hot” water to get it hot, save the “cold” water and use for watering plants both inside and outside
3. Wash only Full loads of laundry and dishes
4. Fix any leaks in the house (sink, toilet)
5. Take shorter showers
Outdoors: One Fact sheet from UGA is Make Every Drop Count: Managing a Water-Wise Landacape
1. Fix any leaking faucets
2. Fix any leaking irrigation systems
3. Water as needed without over watering
4. Mulch where you can to reduce evaporation
For more information contact your Local County Extension Office or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
EPD declares Level 1 Drought for 53 counties in Georgia.
This weeks fun fact comes from the Office of energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website discussing the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development and Testing. The fun fact is:
Nearly 49% of the American population lives within 50 miles of the coast.
Water can be used in many different ways. This post is both a story about water, but also about some of the funds being spent to try and find additional alternative energy sources. I work a little with solar power to move water for livestock watering and irrigation, but the use of waves to produce energy seems interesting. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has put out a call for proposals to find ways of using and capturing the energy in water waves to produce power. To see how a few different groups are trying to find a way to harness the energy of water waves, how they are testing their thoughts and what progression is being made, click on the link for Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development and Testing.
On the link it tells about the grant, but also how different teams are designing, testing and modifying their designs to capture energy from water waves.
Murray and Whitfield 4-H’ers enjoy learning about water resources and having fun at the same time.
4-H leaders in Southwest Georgia are sneaky. They get kids to come to 4-H2O camp for a couple of days and while they are at camp they educate them about the importance of water in the southwest portion of Georgia. To read more about how these 4-H leaders teach students about water resources read the full story.