As the consequences of the government shutdown continue to unfold, one interesting water-related headline popped up in northeastern Nevada – wild horses near Elko that were unable to get water.
The Elko Daily Free Press reported that Jackie Wiscombe, a contractor with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) who hauled water for wild horses on BLM land, was told to stop.
“Due to the government shutdown, these animals are in dire circumstances with no water available,” she said in an Oct. 10 article.
Following that article, BLM Elko District Director Jill Silvey sent an employee to check on the horses and water conditions, according to a second article published Oct. 12.
Silvey said that hauling water to the horses was considered an essential service, not intended to be shut down, which meant Wiscombe could go back to work.
“I like working with the BLM office,” she said, “and they really do care about these wild horses.”
Winter Weather & Water Update
Accuweather.com is the latest player to throw its hat in the ring with winter weather predictions, claiming a wet and snowy winter for much of the West.
“With the East as an exception, most ski resorts country-wide should not have a problem getting up and running this winter,” The prediction states. “This season’s precipitation may even bring drought relief to California, replenishing reservoirs and easing water shortages.”
In particular, the forecast calls for heavy precipitation between December and January.
We always take these long-term forecasts with a grain of salt, but its always nice to find an encouraging forecast.