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Water Conservation and Drought

Water and the many issues and concerns that surround it continue to swirl in political, agricultural and economic circles. When drought conditions hit, the value of water becomes even more urgently evident.

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences looks at the many prisms of water in all of its programs of teaching, research and Extension. Scientists measure it, predict it, protect it and study it. County Extension agents educate farmers, homeowners, 4-H'ers, community leaders and businesses through workshops, activities and projects. Professors also put students to work learning all they can about this irreplaceable resource.

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Water and Drought News from CAES
Planting Conditions

After the anticipated dry spring weather, an active tropical storm season in the Atlantic Ocean is expected this summer.

Author: Published 04/16/2018
'Funny' Water

Well water should to tested every three years to ensure that it's safe to drink.

Author: Published 03/26/2018
Native Azaleas

When planting azaleas, select a spot that gets both sun and shade.

Author: Published 03/05/2018

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Extension Weather Publications
Drought-Related Cattle Feeding Problems (SB 51) Published 11/18/2016

Drought does not develop overnight but progressively over time. Proper management during a drought period can make or break a producer's ability to stay in the cattle business. One main concern during a drought period is feeding and nutrition of the cow herd. Several problems could arise due to drought conditions. A good producer should stay alert for warning signs and avoid potentially damaging situations.

Drought Management Strategies for Beef Cattle (B 1323) Published 5/15/2017

Drought conditions are a yearly occurrence in Georgia and have been prolonged in several areas over the past several years. These conditions can have severe impacts on cattle, and every cattleman should have a plan in place to minimize the effects of drought on the farm's finances. This publication describes several management strategies for producers to consider during drought conditions.

Tips for Saving Water in the Landscape (C 1010) Published 4/26/2018

Research has shown that a landscape that has been carefully planned and installed and properly managed will be healthier, less prone to insects and diseases, and will require less irrigation. Georgia's landscape and turf industry and UGA Cooperative Extension are urging citizens to implement inexpensive and easy-to-perform landscape management practices that decrease the need for irrigation and/or lead to greater efficiency of irrigation when it is needed. This publication provides tips about planning, planting and maintaining the landscape to save water.

Rainwater Harvesting for System Designers and Contractors (B 1372) Published 4/26/2018

With recent droughts and increased emphasis on water conservation, rainwater harvesting (RWH) has become an important alternative source for outdoor irrigation. RWH is the collection of runoff from roofs during a rainfall event. The water is conveyed through a gutter system, filtered and stored in a tank for later use. In Georgia, non-potable harvested rainwater can be an alternative water supply for uses such as washing vehicles, landscape irrigation, livestock and wildlife watering, cooling towers and toilet flushing.

Managing Fish Ponds During Drought (SB 49) Published 4/26/2018

Dry weather tests pond design limits for water retention, watershed area and depth. Without adequate rainfall, ponds and the property around them lose value and the pond owner can lose the fish or have to spend substantial amounts of money for weed control or pond renovation. Over the past decade, drought conditions have been the normal weather pattern across the southeastern United States. Pond design and water management options should be considered each year to plan ahead for drought effects.

Anticipating Drought on Rainfed Farms in the Southeast (B 1403) Published 9/27/2017

Nobody wants drought, but it's been happening a lot in recent years in the Southeastern U.S. For farmers without irrigation, it may seem that little can be done besides accept what rain comes. However, by paying attention to forecasts and following general practices that help collect and retain moisture, risk can be reduced for all manner of future climate conditions. Here are some ideas for what can be done, centered around two practices: first, knowing what's in store; second, planning ahead.

Best Management Practices in the Landscape (C 873) Published 11/29/2016

Research has shown that if you properly select, install and maintain ornamental plant, you greatly increase their survival and performance in the landscape. Following BMPs (Best Management Practices) not only conserve moisture in the landscape but will assure overall health and vigor of the ornamental plants.

Centipedegrass Decline (C 1003) Published 8/2/2017

Centipedegrass is ideal for the homeowner who wants a lawn that needs little care. It can be established by either seed or vegetative parts and does not require much fertilizer. Compared to other lawn grasses, it is moderately resistant to insects and diseases. Although centipedegrass is a relatively low maintenance grass, proper management is still required.


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Water at UGA Blog
default avatar Flow Rate Calculation in a Small Stream Posted by on May 19, 2018

Are you smarter than a freshman?  See if you know how to calculate the flow of a stream in the Question provided.

Regulations in California concerning Toilet-to-Tap Wastewater Recycling Posted by on Jan 29, 2018

We are hearing about water shortages in all parts of the country from the droughts in Georgia to the droughts in California and the drawdown of aquifers across the country.  In the January 2018 issue of the Onsite Installer magazine, there is a Rules and Regs update from across the...

Cold Weather and Frozen Pipes Posted by on Jan 29, 2018

How do you deal with frozen pipes?  Here is a story that provides some information on dealing with pipes after they freeze.  Hopefully we will not have any or much more freezing temperatures, but just in case here is a story from Onsite Installer magazine.


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default avatar New York Times: Where the most disasters have occurred (map) Posted by on May 26, 2018

The New York Times published a really interesting story and map of where repeated disasters have occurred across the US from 2002 to 2017, as measured by zip codes where federal disaster assistance has been provided. You can read the story here. One of the things that I find interesting...

default avatar Alberto will bring more rain to the Southeast this week Posted by on May 26, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto is organizing in the Gulf of Mexico and has started moving north. It is expected to make landfall somewhere along the coast between the Panhandle of Florida and eastern Louisiana sometime Monday night into Tuesday morning. However, the rain from Alberto will begin to fall well before...

default avatar NOAA’s new hurricane climatology Posted by on May 25, 2018

NOAA released a new climatology of hurricanes today, just in time for the start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1. This climatology looked at satellite images of hurricanes and tropical storms and used optical recognition to categorize the storms by the presence and size of eyes. They compared...


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