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Easley calls for drought legislation as conditions worsen

Posted June 12, 2008

— As more severe drought conditions move eastward across North Carolina, Gov. Mike Easley on Thursday urged lawmakers to approve proposed legislation that would help the state manage prolonged dry spells.

“The legislature has been in town five weeks and still has not taken up our request on authorization to deal with this drought,” Easley said in a statement. “We have a drought this year, and the legislature needs to act this year.”

Bills pending in the General Assembly would mandate water conservation and efficiency, modernize the state's public water systems and improve the response to water emergencies.

The latest report issued by the state Drought Management Advisory Council shows dry conditions once again spreading across the state.

Thirty-two counties in western North Carolina are experiencing extreme drought conditions, while another 15 are under severe drought, according to the report, which was released Thursday morning. Last week, 28 counties were in extreme drought and 18 were in severe drought.

Meanwhile, the Triangle region, which was almost out of the drought last week has slipped back into moderate drought conditions, and abnormally dry conditions have spread across eastern North Carolina.

Only three counties in the northeast corner of the state are completely out of the drought this week, down from 24 eastern counties last week, according to the drought report.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the region hasn't seen significant rainfall since May 20. Also, the recent heat wave that produced four days of triple-digit temperatures in the Triangle led to more evaporation from area reservoirs and increased water consumption, he said.

Although unstable conditions could produce some afternoon thunderstorms, Maze said, no significant rain is in the short-term forecast.


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  • hlwn7 Jun 13, 2008

    It's not "rocket science" but it is science when you're talking about water tables. This should be especially true when we have ill informed politicians advocating placing government monitored water meters on private wells. You might find it beneficial to expand your knowledge about water tables beyond the news media (a good start is an on-line encyclopedia). If you still find that they are just a matter of "common sense", at least ask your local DENR to provide factual calculations of our local water table(s). That was what I thought you might have had when you made statements about the water table in your original post.
    Our trusty government, given the chance, will create another bureaucracy with more consultants, taxes, fees, and permits. Very often, these are knee-jerk reactions to a few agenda-driven and poorly informed constituents.

  • lizard Jun 12, 2008

    How 'bout the gov't start meeting the needs of its citizenry and start planning ahead and quit making us cut back every year. I'm so tired of the Jimmy Carter mentality that is so prevalent in this state.

    "It's all our fault. WE're to blame. We don't cut back. We have it too good."

    Sounds like the mantra from the commie movement of the 50's and 60's.

  • BULLDOZER Jun 12, 2008

    Time to beat the drought drum again. I thought that one had been put away. I guess governor Easley has nothing better to do with his time.

  • PaulRevere Jun 12, 2008

    So the government can control droughts?!?!?!? Stuck on stupid!!!

  • Been there once Jun 12, 2008

    Oh yes. I do conserve water. Rain barrels, dishwater for plants and as much as I love a hot bath.... none of those. Now you and I conserve, what about the fellow down the road who squanders all of the water we save. You need someone to say you can't do that and have them possibly listen. Why should other people be allowed to waste what we have saved. I am on a community well. All of us in the community must save and thats what I was trying to say, my community saves.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 12, 2008

    Been there once

    Perhaps you are spoiled - I am not. I have always lived in a house where the water supply was a well. Unless you are a very foolish kind of person, you never waste water when you are drawing off of a well, even during times of plentiful rainfall. I am always utterly amazed at how people want government control over every aspect of their lives. Now it matters not to me if you want Government interference in your life, but it does matter a lot to me that you would also drag it into mine, because apparently according to your own blog you can not exercise common sense and restraint. At least have the decency to not paint everyone as some kind of idiot. I appreciate that there are many out there.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 12, 2008

    This is not rocket science. I am speaking about conditions where I live and about what is talked about on the news, still, on a daily basis. It has been said, even when we were getting almost daily rains, before the 100+ temps, that water tables were still low. Initial lake levels have risen around Raleigh, but overall we have not seen the end of this drought. As long as we carry a rain deficit our water tables are low, that's how it's gauged. I don't carry a degree in meteorology but I do know of that which I speak. If you need "written proof" then that's your thing. Common sense works fine for me. Thanks!

  • miketroll3572 Jun 12, 2008

    With all the problems we have: illegal immigration, bad roads, school system all messed up ect, ect, ect. Its kinda stupid for Stupid to talk about water. Everytime I see his face I remember the saying: Stupid is as Stupid does.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 12, 2008

    How about speaking restrictions on the governor?

  • kstor33 Jun 12, 2008

    Got a little fast and loose with the water this spring didn't they?