Water Wars

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on June 29, 2011

A Federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Georgia in the lawsuits over the water of Lake Lanier. Peach Pundit has more information about this. If you are not afraid of brain damage, here is the ruling.

The ruling that was overturned said Atlanta could only take as much water as it was using in 1970. The metro area has grown a bit since then. This approval of this growth did not take into account a need for a  dependable supply of water.

Efforts should continue to build more reservoirs in North Georgia. There has been bountiful rain in the last few days, and if these reservoirs had been built, then this water would be waiting for future use. All those lakefront houses can give developers something to do, other than grow a conscience.

Saving water is not like saving money. With currency, you can loan out your savings, draw interest, and have more money. With water, it just sits in a lake, and loses the top part to evaporation. The longer water sits in reserve, the less you have. In 2007, there was a drought during August. The temperatures were over 100 degrees every day. The water was evaporating, and being pulled out for air conditioners and power generation. The well almost went dry.

There is talk about using the water of the Tennessee River. Many say the state line was poorly drawn, and that this river should already flow through the state. If this river…which is many times the size of the Chattahoochee…were to be used for Atlanta use, a pipeline would need to be built. Even using the I 75 right of way, this is an expensive proposition. The state of Georgia is broke. People are screaming for lower taxes, while supporting thousands of people in prison. Maybe we can raise the money by lowering taxes, the same as we are paying for three wars.

The Atlanta economy is largely based on developing cheap land. The real estate depression has hit the metro area hard. With more expensive gasoline, living thirty miles from your job is no longer  fun.

Maybe, we should require developers to have a source for their water, before they get a permit to build. Another solution might be a regional system for building permits. As it stands now, if one community has a conscience about water, the developer just goes down the road to the next town.

When you have acreage of woods, there is almost no water used to support it. If a tree doesn’t get enough to drink, it falls over, as it would have a million years ago. When you cut down those trees, and build houses, you need to supply water for lawns, hot tubs, washing machines, commodes, and water filtration devices. You go from using no water, from the system, to using a great deal. When you multiply this by a factor of ten thousand times a year, you can see why Atlanta has a water crisis.

Even with unlimited access to the Chattahoochee, Atlanta is still just one drought away from becoming a ghost town. It almost happened in 2007. There is a nuclear power plant in Eufaula AL that requires a lot of water to operate. The ecosystem of the Apalachicola River needs a steady supply of water, even if the radio whiners think their golf courses are more important. Drip, drip, drip.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

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  1. Chamblee54 said, on May 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    […] new residents will be built later. This does not even consider the lack of a dependable source of water . There is also the suspicion that the transportation program was as poorly planned as the efforts […]

  2. […] the size of the Chattahoochee watershed , you might wonder why anyone would build a city here. The water is coveted by Alabama and Florida, as well as downstream Georgia. For some bizarre reason, there is […]

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