Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., December 2, 1931. Forty-fifth summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., August 18, 1931
Scott, A. B.
Address, pp. 6-7 PDF (559.9 KB)
6 WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION ADDIUS By PMxuwlT A. B. Scowr One of the utters that greatly interests most of the cranberry growers is water conservation. I will refer you to Mr. C. L. Lewis' paper given in 1926, in which he stated the averages of the Weather Bureau records of rainfall from 1871 to 1925. In order to bring this back to you more clearly, I will repeat those figures. They are given in ten year periods in most cames. During the years of 1871 to 1875, the rainfall was 82.7 inches; from 1876 to 1885, it was 32.3 inches; 1886 to 1896, 287 inches; 1896 to 1905, 27.26 inches; 1906 to 1915, 27.16 inches; 1915 to 1925, 26.09 inches. We have no record of figures since 1925, but would have ample reason to believe the rain- fall annually shows the same percentage of decrease. In constructing a graph to illustrate what this means, I have drawn a curve to show the amount of rainfall It shows the rainfall during the period of 1871 to 1875 on the left band side of the graph. -The next ten years it rose a little, but continually after that it has been decreasing, until in 1915 to 1925 we have a little over twenty-five inches of rainfall. There is no question but that it has been decreasing at probably about the sm rate since then. Adding 1980 and 19S1 to it, would show, no doubt, a considerable greater decrease than before. As further evidence, lakes are drying up in the northern part of the state. Lakes in the south central part of the state that have never in history been known to be dry have dried up. One that I know of has had people living near it for nearly ninety years, and it has always had water in it This year it has dried up. The reason for this decrease in rainfall, as described by weather bureau men and scientist., is that we have been recklessly destroying the cover to all of this land that holds moisture in the northern part of Wisconsin. The forestry work started here quite early-I think in 1890 or in the early nineties. In that year, we saw considerable de- crease in the amount of rainfall. The period from 1898 to 1895 was very dry, with Arms destroying a large anount of vegetation and timber. If the cranberry industry is to be preserved for our future genera- tions, it behooves the men in the industry to be vitally interested in some method of bringing back or restoring to this eat over country the former water conditions. That cannot be accomplished in a few years. It will take years of work, but if it is not started it never will be ac- complished. I thin there is no work of more importance that can be taken up by cranberry Powers then to start some plan, or become interested and wor with those who re working on the problem, to bring about former water condition in the cranberry ares, which of course will be over a greater part of Wisconmsa The chief method of procedure would be to become interested and boost the reforestation program. Conservation of water is best aseon- pushe by daming up the drainage ditche.,-oonstueting eros daus on mnuohe across the 11ow of the water, bolding back water wherever
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