Orland area cemeteries suspending watering

Glenn County Observer

Orland area cemeteries probably are not going to be as green as they were prior to our current drought.

The Orland Cemetery District explains in a public service notice, “With drought conditions and lowering water tables in the Orland area, the Orland Cemetery District Board of Trustees has decided that the best course of action is a community-minded decision to suspend irrigation of the grass at the Orland Cemetery District yards.”

The cemeteries in the district include the Orland Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF, or Oddfellows) Cemetery two or three miles southeast of Orland on the east side of County Road P, the Orland Catholic Cemetery directly across County Road P from the Orland IOOF Cemetery, the Orland Masonic Cemetery at Highway 99 and County Road 9, and the Graves Cemetery on County Road 200 near Black Butte Lake.

The notice continued, “The Graves Cemetery water table is already below such a level that we cannot continue to irrigate that location.” For those readers who live away from Glenn County, this cemetery is named after an established family, many of whose members are buried at this location.

The notice further states, “The current water table at the Masonic and Oddfellows yards are such that proper watering is no longer possible.”

The notice explains, “To suspend irrigations at the cemeteries would leave available water for surrounding domestic wells and use in households around those locations.

“The board of trustees hopes that in this challenging time of reduced groundwater, the Orland community will be understanding of this decision to conserve water for household and domestic use, rather than landscape turf irrigation.

“The Orland Cemetery District has always taken great care in maintaining a place of rest for the community’s loved ones.”

The notice adds, “We also hope that the past few years’ weather conditions will change soon, and we could be back to normal rainfall and irrigation practices soon.”

However, the notice concludes, “In the present time, we would appreciate your patience and understanding during this trying time.”

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