Summer of drought

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

There's more truth to that than you may think, particularly during a drought. According to an article in the Montgomery Advertiser, there is plenty of water that runs through Alabama.

The problem is the state does not have a plan to store it or distribute it. Irrigation is more than just a good idea, it is essential for Alabama's continued growth. According to a team of scientists including several from UAH, better management of the water we do have could add one-point-two billion dollars to the state's economy. This is as much of an economic issue as it is a matter of conservation.

A complete report will be presented to the state legislature in the fall. When that happens, let's hope that the lessons of this summer's drought aren't forgotten.