Apr 27, 2017

How to: End a drought

Rainfall totals are in ...

For Water Year 2016!

Annual rainfall by water year
for Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve,
1970 to present

The wet season fell within the normal range (44 inches),

But the dry season came in at half its normal amount.

Monthly rainfall for
Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve
in inches

That combined with a very dry November and December (see above) ...

Has resulted in the water table's deep spring drydown.


It doesn't help that the swamp is cut off from our historic headwaters and crisscrossed by canals and levees that divert surface water away and drain ground water out.  Perfect rainfalls are few and far between and rarely fall in just the right place and just the right dose to save the day.

Note to self: let's start working together to help champion ways (i.e. projects) to help restore more self-sustaining swamp.

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