Crops, lawns and forests are drying up with little hope for recovery before the summer ends. And with each season, scientists are faced with how to balance the amount of rain the state receives throughout the year with how much the state needs.
Without irrigation, a lack of rainfall means a shortage in production. And a shortage of production is loss of revenue for growers.
Scientists say the problem is solvable. It just hasn't been handled well.
Using the state's water resources help with irrigation and some say it would also help with other issues Alabama’s facing. But these ideas will not provide any fast relief from this year's drought. It could take several years before the study yields any conclusive results
Officials also believe that with enhanced irrigation capabilities, there could soon be different types of farming that emerge, like higher-value crops such as blueberries and vegetables.
This month marked the beginning of the study.