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July 22, 2008

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Plumber Guy

You don't really need to worry that your ground water supply is reducing a lot.

You could always get a few pumps to bring up the rest ground water.
Ground water always replenishes it self no matter the heat, seepage occurs so u need'nt worry!

Sean Pecor

Hrm, we must be having more rain on the other side of the blue ridge. My Vantage Pro2 is reading only slightly below average rainfall for the year so far. We had such a deficit in 2007 and I wonder how much last year's drought is still affecting the river level given the length of time it takes groundwater to work its way into springs and in turn into the river. I supplied a webcam image as my URL to illustrate the state of flora over here in Boones Mill.

The last time I spoke with a Roanoke developer he was moaning about increasing runoff management requirements for new developments in Roanoke County, so maybe there have been movement in this regard?

Sean

ocracokewaves

From your webcam image, you definitely look greener than our mountain.

There is plenty of interesting drought related information on the site where I found this map.

http://drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_southeast.htm

They have an animation which shows changes over the last few months. It seems to take a pretty broad stroke view since I know from my recent drive to the coast, that crops in certain areas look very stressed while some not far away look great.

Levels at Lake Norman near Charlotte and Jordan Lake near Raleigh are much higher than last year.

I talked to a builder just before I left Roanoke, he was telling me that in digging for foundations that the ground is dry several feet down.

He also mentioned some new steep slope building restrictions. He said you could still build on a steep slope, but the engineering requirements might make the cost prohibitive.

Some of the proposed rules on the Carolina coast might require a minimum lot size of an acre, so it will bring development to a screeching halt.

There won't be any more $300K retirement homes.

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