There is an old phrase, “Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” The water situation in my region is getting so serious that if we don’t get rain soon, there will be no more drops to drink. Lake beds are showing and ponds have disappeared now and I fear that what is left of our streams will be gone by the end of this week. The endless irrigation of the huge corn and soybean fields does not help our water table, however I can understand the need to nourish the fields. There are all too many fields of corn that are burned and starved beyond hope, the plants barely 3 feet high and the leaves dead and brown.
I took a trip to Bonneyville Mill, a county park full of bogs, streams and small waterfalls, this past Friday. It took my breath away to find that the waterfalls have dried up and 90% of the streams are gone. The river that runs through the park, supplying the mill with water flow is full of algae and sluggish.
And we are looking at yet another week with no rain on the horizon. It has been almost 5 weeks since we have even seen a trace of precipitation. I feel like Sarah, Plain and Tall, in Skylark. I wonder if those rain dances really work….