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Grass barely growing, stream flow a trickle in Wake County, North Carolina
10/6/2017 4:28:05 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Wake County, NC

Start Date: 9/30/2017 -  
A trace of precipitation over the past 15 days (recorded this morning) has accelerated the drying out of the soil and the water stress appearing in the foliage. Creek beds in the area are now completely dry. Even some of the larger streams are reduced to a bare trickle. In addition to dry soil, the grass in the yard has not needed mowing for over three weeks now. Trees are showing more yellowing of leaves and they are drying and dropping to the ground. Flowers have ceased growing and in some cases, the leaves are drying out. The water level in the pond has dropped about a foot below normal. There is no water flowing into or out of the pond. The water in the pond is clear and small fish and turtles are clearly seen. We continue to get daily visits from three young white tailed deer who are grazing in our yard. We have observed the great blue heron fishing in the pond. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Holly Springs 1.1 ESE on 9/30/2017