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Of Trade Shows and Water

By George Schmok

As we begin to gear up for the upcoming Show season, news out of the East tells us that two great trade shows will become one in 2007. The Green Industry Expo (GIE Show) and the Outdoor Power Equipment's show (the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment 'Expo') will combine into one show in Louisville, Kentucky called EXPO 2007. Both of those shows were staple Eastern US shows for LCN but it will sure be convenient to have to only attend one. For more information you can call 812-949-9200 . . .

At the same time, the SCTC Show, otherwise known as the Western Landscape and Equipment Expo, is gearing up for its 47th Annual meeting. Held at the site of the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., the SCTC show is the West Coast version of the GIE/EXPO. The SCTC Show is one of, if not the oldest-running landscape show in the country. For more information about the SCTC Show, call 714-979-6634.

With these two great industry conferences, the Landscape and Turfgrass industry have two of the best 'Shows' in the country . . .

And speaking about East Coast/West Coast issues . . . One of the biggest differences between the two regions is good ole' H2O . . . Yes . . . Water, water, everywhere and nary a drop to drink . . .

The resource . . . Water . . . is a most essential and peculiar combination of molecules . . .

In a matter of moments it can turn from a brackish brown slop into a puffy white cloud. That transformation, of course, leads to a degree of purification and ultimately . . . Hopefully . . . it leads to a safe return to the earth.

For such a common transformation, the devastating effects that evaporation can cause are well documented. It is, after all, the process that is central to the development of hurricanes. As the season for wind and rain approaches the Gulf states we can only pray that 2005 was a freakish peak for those animals.

Still, look at the northeast . . . From what I see on the Weather Channel, you folks are happy when you're only knee deep in water on the sidewalk. How much water is enough . . . How much is too much?

Now let's look at the West . . .

Recently while at Lake Mead, just outside Las Vegas, I was struck by the immensity of the place. The raw open Mojave Desert is the backdrop for a series of four dams, holding water at Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu.

Lake Powell has one of the longest shorelines in the world as it eddies into canyon after vertical canyon along its 186-mile length. While often deeper than 400 feet, Lake Powell isn't really that wide of a lake, but it does hold a lot of water.

Lake Mead is also quite long. Including the Overton Arm, Mead is closer to 100 miles long, but unlike Powell, Lake Mead sits in a huge basin where the shoreline gradually reaches for the mountain bases miles in the distance.
And all around Lake Mead was a 60 feet high crusty ring of course crystals . . . Marking the high point of the lake and its fall.

The sheer volume of water missing from Lake Mead is almost indescribable. These great basins which can be 30 or more miles across in some areas are missing 60 feet of water . . . And a few months back National Geographic magazine had a main feature on the 100 feet of lost waters in Lake Powell . . . Now Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu are basically full rivers, rarely getting deeper than 60 or 70 feet, so they don't show the same losses, but they also don't hold the volume of water the first two lakes contain.

With Las Vegas being the fastest growing area in the nation, following a similar boon for the Phoenix area, the whole southern desert area, including southern California, houses four of the largest cities in the nation. Yet the entire population is replenished by only one river, making four lakes with falling water lines.

So, while demand for water features in the landscape is at an all time high, half the nation is drowning and the other half is thirsty . . .

Whatta Country . . . At least we have two great Trade Shows to help us sort out the issues . . .

--God Bless

George Schmok, Publisher



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