May 19, 2014 11:41

From the Publisher


If you were to look at a map of the United States and highlight the areas where there is drought, I believe it would amaze you. Some of the states that are in severe drought conditions include Texas, Arizona, California and Oklahoma, just to name a few.

As you look closer, you can begin to see the damage the drought has caused. Thousands of trees in Texas have been blighted and many of them are now dead. In addition to losing all those trees, factor in the cost of hauling away the dead ones.

Now, let’s look at the other side of the coin. In the Midwest and the Northeast, winter weather wreaked havoc. Not only did the snow come early, it lingered.

Both of these weather events will present their own set of problems in the near future. One part of the country has too much snow and water, while the other part of the country is desperate for water. How cool would it be if you could jack up the eastern portion of the U.S. and tilt it slightly toward the west coast?

Just think! All the excess water, instead of going to waste, would be transferred to where it is desperately needed. But I guess that is a pipe dream that cannot come true. So let’s get back to reality.

As it generally happens, now that spring is in the air, the snow will melt, some rain will fall, and flooding will begin. Hopefully, on the projects we worked on, we put in proper controls so as to eliminate, or at least slow down the erosion process.

As for the Southwest and the West, we can only hope for more moisture. However, in the fire-ravaged denuded areas, with the moisture comes the problem of runoff, which has to be controlled. None of us want to see the tragedy the befell the victims in the giant mudslide in Washington state.

We will continue to be watchful.

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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