You have probably heard about California's drought, but did you know about our drought here in Washington State?
Twenty-four of Washington's river basins are in a declared drought emergency.
Our mountain snow pack is now at 16% of normal. The mountains are our natural reservoirs, holding the water we use for irrigation and hydroelectric power and drinking water. Most crops grown in this state are irrigated.
After our mild, snowless winter, the spring has been much warmer and dryer too.
By July and August, our normally rainless months, we will be hurting. All these pretty pictures may be just memories.
While it continues to spit a few sprinkles outside today, there is no measurable accumulation.
By August we may have only glass flowers.Watering cans and hoses may be used just to keep precious plants alive.
I hope that is not the case. Our garden is precious to us. But if the choice is between drinking and flushing or having a green lawn, then the choice is clear. Brown it will be.
We need RAIN!