Climate Change, Severe Weather,
Drought, Wildfire News and Resources
I've become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change and severe weather and I will be sharing the resources, ideas, plans and news with you here.
I've done a lot of research about climate change and you can find some of the information that I have archived over the years at mapcruzin.com and at climateshift.com. I also have drought maps here and wildfire information here.
Here are some links that I find useful:
I'll be documenting with text, photos and videos, the steps I am taking to help deal with the effects of climate change here on my land in Northeastern California. Drought and wildfire are challenges here. In short, here are some of the things that I have completed or plan to complete before next winter.
That's all for now. I'll be supplementing the above with new additions, photos and video. If you have ideas or information, I'd love to hear about it. Please post it to my blog.
- I purchased a used pumper fire truck. Even with little snow and rain, there was more than enough catchment from my roof to fill its 1200 gallon tank this winter. Though the fire truck has its own pumps, I purchased a high pressure Honda pump because I did not want to rely on its 45 year old engine to always start when needed and the amount of gas it uses is prohibitive.
- I purchased two used steel water tanks - one at 600 gallons and one at 1200 gallons. The smaller of the two will be placed near my home and serve as rain catchment storage for fire protection and garden watering. The larger of the two will be placed at the top of my property and will also be used for watering and fire protection. It will be filled from the rain catchment tank at the house and from the catchment obtained from the roof built over the tank.
- I recently cleared and acre of manzanita that was close to our home. This has two benefits. First, the manzanita is amazingly combustible and burns very hot and fast even when green. Second, the manzanita, like all plants, takes up a lot of water. I would rather the water work its way down to groundwater for our well and also provide more water for the oaks, cedar, fir and pine that we have.
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