Water scarcity is now relevant for agriculture, housing, commercial use, and what remains of the industrial production in the United States. This is despite the fact that the consumption of water in general in the United States declined in absolute volume, starting with the 1980s.
The use of water for irrigation of agricultural crops in the U.S. has been in decline for several years now and have deteriorated sharply in Texas and elsewhere. U.S. imports a lot of "virtual water" in the form of food and goods.
More than 40 percent of the total U.S. land area and the adjacent 48 states experiencing some degree of drought, the most affected part of the country is the south-west, particularly in the west Texas farms and ranches in the region, up to the dry parts of the Southeast.
In Northern Mexico still otchayannnoe position. (See map DroughtMonitor)
The frequency and extent of forest fires are increasing rapidly. In Colorado, for example, 98 percent of the drought in April, several fires broke out.
Title local media paint a bleak picture of the drought on agriculture and food.
The drought is severe throughout Georgia, Alabama and North Florida. In Jackson County, the northern state of Alabama, for example, the lack of rainfall significantly halted spring planting. The drought has allowed easy harvest of winter wheat, but the overall condition of the economy poor.
Almost all of the peanuts grown in Georgia, and West Texas. In 2011, the U.S. peanut crop was more than 20 percent lower than a year earlier. Last week in Georgia, producers (accounting for 45 percent of total U.S. crop), rushed to plant peanuts, because the increased soil moisture needed for germination until after a little rain. They hope that this will work.
In the Southwest U.S., severe dry conditions persist for farming and ranching. The region west of the north-south line running from Wichita, Kansas, in Fort Worth, down through Houston. Farmers still can not provide normal watering for cattle, as in the previous year.
State Agricultural Service report (representative in Drover May 1 www.cattlenet.com), «We see vegetation soils become brown from lack of water. For 30 days, no rain. "Then he also tells how the fires broke out. Burned 12,000 acres in Brewster County.
"Drought causes the knife to let cattle. Cotton crop this year dried up — farmers in damages. "
The last weekly report on drought preparedness in Texas, show that only 1035 areas from the total number of 4705 to provide a minimum of water. In San Marcos (population 26 000), for example, to the north-east of San Antonio, in the early stages of drought restrictions on water use (ban washing cars, etc.), will take effect on May 7. Edwards Aquifer (supply of) dropped to 19 feet in the last 30 days.
Fact 1 (reason): In 1980 the U.S. used the water 482 million so-called MAFY (acre / feet per year) per year. In 2005 it was only 459 MAFY. More recent statistics yet, but fragmentary data force us to assume a much more dramatic reduction.
Fact 2 (effect): 40% of the U.S. is experiencing some degree of drought:
Forest fires are multiplying with wild speed. For example, in Colorado, 98% of the area has dried up, and begins to rage all over widening set fires.
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