Beach and River

Not Down with the Brown (algae bloom)

By: biff4ugo, 2:25 PM GMT on July 31, 2012

The Indian River Lagoon is in the midst of another huge algae bloom that may be a carryover from last year.
It is shading out the seagrass that fish need for nurseries and food, and has already wiped out the huge drift algae tumbleweeds that previously acted like a huge nutrient sponge. This is BAD.
The temperature and rainfall conditions have made the lagoon conducive to different species of micro-algae that is turning areas of Mosquito Lagoon into "chocolate milk" by some reports.

I'm hoping they identify the unwelcome guest as a marine species, that can't handle the freshwater inflows we are going to receive in August.

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when did the drought happen

By: biff4ugo, 2:18 PM GMT on July 31, 2012

This Drought didn't spring up suddenly with the heat wave. It started over the winter with the precipitation coming in short heavy bursts on top of warm weather evapotranspiring against us.
The ENSO switches gave us a double barrel of bad seasons to put is in this HOT Dry, devastating drought. Crops are hit, the other shoe will be water supply in about two weeks.

I just wish there was a way to credit the winter months with their contributions to this disaster and don't blame it all on the summer.

(I said this in comments earlier, but not on my own blog.)

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Water Wars unleashed

By: biff4ugo, 1:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012

Snow isn't a big deal down south, but there wasn't much of it this year. With the hot March and high ET rates through the winter, and hot summer on top, with not alot of wet years preceding, this year is going to be a doosie for water supply.
The US supreme court refused to hear disputes over water treaties between Fl, Al, and Ga, opening the gate for Atlanta to take a bigger bight of the water that would be flowing south. Isn't that what the Supreme Court should do, mediate issues between states? If not who?

I hope the communities learned their lessons last year, when water supplies were down to less than ten days in some communities but no lawn watering restrictions were in place. There better be some brown lawns out there before we get to that stage this year.

We have permanent lawn watering restrictions with potable water and have for years now. It is frustrating when adjacent areas get into severe issues, impose draconic restrictions, then slam us for having more permissive restrictions.

A pint in time saves nine.

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