"Efforts at conservation are at the heart" of any state water plan, Carol Couch, director of the state Environmental Protection Division, told a group of Atlanta business and civic leaders Thursday morning. She later said some restrictions might become mandatory because an 11 percent reduction in demand is necessary to sustain population growth in the area over the next 20 years.Why is it assumed that it's necessary to sustain population growth? Why not just sustain the population we've got? I love gardening, but I'll be limited to rock gardens and xeriscaping if drought and mandatory restrictions have their way. Fortunately my county hasn't banned outdoor watering (yet) and the statewide restrictions they've imposed just ban watering during the day. But my friends in other Atlanta-area counties are now dealing with outright bans. I don't think I could bear watching my plants shrivel & die in this drought. Is it wrong to want more plants but not more neighbors?
Gardeners Against Growth
The balmy Southeast where I live is blessed with abundant rainfall, but everything has a limit.