Wednesday, 26 December 2007 19:00
Governor Mike Easley continues his conservation plea this
week as he calls for homeowners to stop using lawn sprinklers.
The agriculture industry in North Carolina is preparing for
what could be a devastating year for crops and livestock.
State officials say farmers aren’t the only ones who need to
prepare for the worst. Plans could call for water rationing. Yesterday’s rain did
little to alleviate the situation, and little precipitation is expected this
winter. After a summer of record temperatures and record precipitation lows,
officials don’t know how much more the state could take. Another bad summer
could mean mandatory restrictions statewide.
Additionally, the drought is complicating the fire season.
Forestry officials say drought-fueled wildfires charred over 37,000 acres of
land statewide. That’s double the ten-year average- and as the landscape
continues to dry, fire officials warn we could see a lot more forest fires.
In the meantime, all residents can do is conserve and
hope for rain.