posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 11:49 PM
Originally posted by IsawWHATtheyDID
is any one 100% certain that its the drought thats killing trees ? what about all of the untold fracking chemicals polluting the available ground
water that the trees also use?
* I live in Texas (Dallas)
* my family's all over Texas (lots of places)
* the state is in a severe drought
* the drought has dried up some lakes to the point where ghost towns (inundated when they built the lakes) are starting to reemerge from the water.
* At Audubon this year, 11 of 13 ponds dried up completely, and if we hadn't had all the rain that came this month, we would have lost a 12th pond by
* we expect the drought will last at least another 3 years. Even with all the rain, the lakes in Dallas are still 1 to 2 feet below normal levels.
Trees in the city aren't dying off so much because they get watered. But in the countryside, yes, things don't look good. Add to that the huge
wildfires of last year, and you can begin to get some idea of how bad it is. Now add in the warmer than usual weather, and we're seeing pest insects
from the tropics moving in to attack plants and animals and trees (going north at a rate of about 50 miles per hour... and yes, I'm part of an
eco-monitorning team, so I'm probably more aware of this than most.)
Texas is no longer a state of small communities and farms -- it's now a state with some huge metropolitan areas and a big need for water. We're
trying new strategies (like the John Bunker Sands Wetlands), but yes, trees are still dying and yes, the cities still have water rationing (can't
water your lawn on certain days).
It's likely to get worse before it gets better. There's a bunch of us working to help change things.