- Jan 22, 2002
- Professional Status
- Certified General Appraiser
many people have become dependent on tapping their homes to fuel their spending.
so you might say “so where is the problem?” The problem is that the water table is so low the rivers are down to about 6% of their normal flow. Our state is on emergency water restrictions, yet we had 6 inches of rain in recent weeks. Where did the water go? Answer is: into the underground water table thus giving us a measure of the limits of potential water supply. Yes Virginia, there is a limit to the water supply and we know what the limit is now. I have two ponds on this farm and the water level dropped in both about a foot during the summer for the 1st time in history. It rained 6 inches and filled them back up and now they are dropping again which shows that the water table is replenishing itself with no outflow other than surface runoff.
Every major high growth city in the entire region is on water restrictions due to dry reserviors. Two small towns just north of me had their reservoirs run dry this summer. The Dan River runs right through the middle of this city and the water flow is only 8% of normal.
What is the summary: Our region has reached it limit of population growth potential. Local leaders are discussing for the first time the hard truth that we may well have reached our limit.
Another little tidbit of information concerning this water situation. Our normal annual rainfall is about 35 inches. For he last three years it has only been about 24 inches, so the drought of this amount and duration gauges our water potential. A slight decrease in annual rainfall for about two years and population cannot be sustained. We cannot survive without a hurricane every year coming through the state. There is something I have always noticed about people in general, and that is when faced with crisis situations they go into a state of denial. The vast majority of people cannot face adversity. A case in point is the present war against terrorism. Intellectually everybody knows we have no choice but to either wipe them out or retreat to within our borders; two hard choices. Both choices are not politically correct, so what do people do? The answer is to idle in a state of denial until the next crisis forces a decision on them. All western democratic societies run this way. They are crisis driven meaning they are incapable of taking action until they are forced to do so, then they exterminate everything and everybody in their path, i.e., the American Indians, the Confederate States, the Japananese, the Germans etc., and in North Carolina the non-designated appraisers that are not politically connected.