Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wet Your Whistle

Atkins Reservoir this morning 8/21
Atkins Reservoir last Sunday 8/14 (down 7 feet or 50% total volume)
Unless today turns into a torrential downpour it's not looking good for our water crisis to be over with anytime soon, especially with our population about to almost double.

 Atkins sandbar this morning 8/21 (ignore that guy in the treeline)

 Atkins sandbar last week 8/14
Let's hope our beloved college aged youth don't use the water emergency as an excuse to drink more beer.

Most recent drought monitor 8/16 

Drought monitor 7/19


Anonymous said...

What are the chances they'll send students home like before?

Larry Kelley said...

I would think it's only a remote chance.

But the new Town Manager will have to stay on top of it.

Ralph Reed said...

Since you're a local journalist in a university town maybe this hasn't crossed your path, the larger issue google/alphabet disappearing newspaper archives leaves great gaps in local history, examples of the way it used to be, seems like grand theft of cultural patrimony:

Anonymous said...

Arn't you trespassing?

Dr. Ed said...

Larry, there is a good chance that there is a second source of water that hasn't been considered -- a pond inherently is below the water table because it would otherwise drain out the bottom like a mud puddle.

Hence if you pump a lot of water out of the Atkins and lower the water table, water from the adjacent water table will flow in to refill it. You thus have more water than you think you do -- although you are losing a lot to both surface evaporation and the adjacent trees.

Larry Kelley said...

Nah, the range of my new bird is pretty amazing.

Anonymous said...

~~~~ no one said it was going to be easy

cast the first stone, water wheel!

no sympathy for this devil in blue ~~~

Squeaky Squeeks

Marie Antoinette said...

Let them drink ale

Anonymous said...

Could you imagine the loss in revenue, both tax and personal, if the students are sent home? That is like taking a breast away from a baby.

Seems like if this happens, it will be a huge failure of town government, with huge costs, as usual.

Anonymous said...

It would be a failure of STATE government that forces Amherst to bear the costs of UMass without providing any support for infrastructure.

Time for a Tea Party at the reservoir???

Anonymous said...

So it is yet another case of the failure of people to properly run their government.