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Cotton briefs illustrate superior soil microbe activity with compost. The "Soil Your Undies" challenge was created by Oregon farmers working with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a fun way to build public interest in soil health. We had fun with it locally, too, harvesting the underwear remains during a virtual 4-H online session in late October. Your undies won't break down in just any soil. Although it may not be obvious, healthy soils are chock-full of living organisms. Some are visible to the naked eye, like earthworms, beetles, mites and springtails, but the majority of soil-dwellers are very, very small. They’re also very, very important to soil fertility. Healthy soil contains billions of microbes that consume the cotton. In fact, one teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are people on the planet. In addition to chowing down on organic matter like cotton, they also help soil resist erosion, cycle nutrients, and store water. If you're a gardener, soil microbes are your best friends. Soil microorganisms can be grouped into bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, protozoa, and nematodes.


Kempner has a water line that runs through the area from its water treatment plant, according to Coberley. Attempts to call the city of Georgetown water department were not returned by deadline on Monday. Kempner Water Supply has a water treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Georgetown took over the water rights previously owned by the Chisholm Trail water district around October 2019, and the rights included parts of southern Bell County, northern Williamson County and part of Burnet County. The takeover was the first time in Texas that a city took over a special utility district outside its jurisdiction. Chisholm Trail’s board, dominated by Georgetown area residents, voted Sept. 30, 2019, to dissolve itself after years of steps taken to acquire water rights and sell assets. The potential deal comes at a time when one of Georgetown’s main water sources is being flagged for triggering a drought-like condition. On Monday, the look at here now Brazos River Authority informed customers accessing water from Lake Georgetown that a “Stage 1 Drought Watch” has been declared for their area. The drought watch is the result of the drier than normal conditions, according to the Brazos River Authority, a state agency that controls water supply. One of the trigger points for starting “drought contingency measures” is six months of “sustained pumping” through a water pipeline that runs from Stillhouse Hollow Lake to Lake Georgetown, and that six-month mark was hit on Thursday, marking the need for the drought watch, according to the river authority.