The long-term impact of our recent drought is disastrous

It can’t be long before the powers-that-be realise we have way too many people living in an area of the country that cannot possibly support them, namely the south!
I have said many, many times that the area south of Northampton will one day run out of water. That day grows nearer with every passing rain-free day.

We are nett users, drawing water from the ground before it manages to get into the rivers that feed and water the countryside. The aquifers – underground reservoirs that store natural water – become lower each year, only occasionally do we get enough rain to top them up.

The overground storage reservoirs drain water from rivers that simply don’t carry enough water to fill them.

Now we have had a very dry spring and the chances are we will have a dry summer as La Nina continues to establish herself. Oddly this may have a beneficial impact on river sport but not necessarily a good long-term impact.

Dry springs tend to prevent farming herbicides and pesticides entering rivers, meaning they carry less flow but more colour, similar to summer 2010 that, for matchfishing, produced better sport on many rivers than even us old guys can recall.

The long-term impact of lack of water is likely to be disastrous for fish, rivers and us humans too.