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2007 driest year on record for NC

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WILMINGTON -- 2007 was the driest year on record in North Carolina. In Wilmington we finished off the year almost two feet below normal. 2008 has gotten off to a wetter start, which is good news for area lakes including Jordan Lake, which is our main water source. Chief of Coastal Hydrology Greg Williams said, "Jordan is above guide curve, that's the terminology that we use, it's above the level we like to keep it at, so that's a good thing." The water from Jordan then travels down the Cape Fear River to the intake just above lock and dam number one in Kings Bluff. Water levels have been coming up thanks to recent rainfall, but they are still lower than they were a year ago, which is why we need to continue to conserve water. It's important to conserve now because of factors coming into play in the coming months. More water will be needed to support fish spawning and to help budding plants and trees. More water will also be evaporated as temperatures heat up. And of course, we use More water in the summer months for things like washing cars and watering lawns. "We need to keep an eye on this stuff, because even though we are looking better with all these things start increasing the use of water we could be pulling our service and groundwater down really fast," Williams said. The groundwater is what hurts the most, because it takes longer to recharge than it does for the lakes and rivers to refill. It's especially important since some of the water we use in our area comes from groundwater. "If the drought continues, we could be in worse shape next fall and next winter than we were this winter and that's the caution we're trying to give," Williams said. "We're trying to keep people in conservation mode because we don't know what the future holds." The long term forecasts look to be drier than normal. So we'll hope for more rain, and in the meantime try to save as much water as we can.
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