Nov. 17, 2015 10:43

From the Publisher November 2015

At the beginning of this year an end finally came to the drought in Texas. It sustained itself for four years as we watched millions of trees die from lack of water and hundreds of thousands of acres of land turn to desert. When the drought broke, the rains came, followed by flooding.

Just recently, we saw catastrophic flooding and the devastation it caused in the Carolinas, due to historic rainfall. And you wonder, ‘Could it get any worse than this?’ It sure can.

According to the weather experts, there’s a good chance El Niño is supposed to show up within the next few months. They claim it will cause major rain events, and they are expecting lots of flooding. In the West, it will present a major problem. Since the area has been experiencing severe drought for the past four years, the ground is completely dry. With heavy rains predicted, this could be disastrous.

Because the ground is so dry, it will first absorb the water when it comes; however, should a sizeable rain event hit, more water will run off than be absorbed. With this can come enormous amounts of flooding. In addition, the recent fires denuded many areas, while the drought did not allow the underbrush or cover to grow. Can you see the potential for major runoff and flooding?

We in the industry know the damage fire, drought and water can do to the landscape environment. We seem to constantly monitor the weather, so we can be prepared for what the foreseeable future holds. We become a major line of defense between the elements and human life and property.

All things being equal, we should be able to handle the upcoming season as well.

While it seems early, since this is our last issue of the year, let me, along with our entire staff, take this opportunity to wish you a joyous season. More importantly, a happy and healthy one.

Happy holidays.

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