Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 9 2 Want to keep up on the latest drought conditions? The U.S. Drought Monitor map ( https:// ), released each Thursday (March 20 map pictured), is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Winter is already gone and spring is here. This winter was c o n s i d e r e d "abnormally dry." In alphabetical order, nearly all of Utah, New Mexico, C o l o r a d o , K a n s a s , A r i z o n a , C a l i f o r n i a , Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and western Texas are facing drought conditions in 2018. We all used to drought conditions as par for the course in the Southwest, but that Colorado and Kansas are on the list may surprise you. The Rockies didn't get much snow this year (72% percent of the norm). That snowpack, of course, is crucial to filling the western rivers. Snow levels for the southern half of Colorado were even lower (60% of the median). Southeastern Colorado, farmers, along with residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo depend on the Arkansas River for water. There are also pockets of moderate to severe drought in central Oregon, and areas of North and South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Georgia, Virginia and even an area at the southern tip of Florida! CLASS Fund Request for Proposals Canceled for 2018 Directors of the CLASS Fund have announced that because of the uncertainty of changes in fundraising in 2017, the board will not review any new proposals or take on any "new grant" opportunities for 2018. Funding for on-going CLASS Fund research by the team selected in 2017 will not be affected. The board stated: "2018 will be transitional year for the CLASS Fund…the team will look forward to reviewing draft proposals toward the end of 2018 for funding opportunities for 2019." Map author: Chris Fenimore, NOAA/ NESDIS/NCEI

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