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State's water crisis should loom large on gubernatorial candidates' radar

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The 14 candidates in the Georgia governor's race may have vastly different platforms, but they all have at least one thing in common with constituents.

They all drink water.

And they better have some commonsense plans to deal with the state's water crisis.

Officials no longer can kick the can -- or, rather, the canteen -- down the road. Georgia needs more water options. Now. A federal judge's ruling prohibits metro Atlanta from drawing water from Lake Lanier beginning in July 2012. The huge city will need water from somewhere.

The Savannah River Basin that supplies Augusta could be that somewhere.

Interbasin transfers could move vast quantities of water from the Savannah River to metro Atlanta. Officially that's illegal, and Gov. Sonny Perdue's water task force omitted that option from its final report last December.

But whatever is done legislatively can be undone with enough muscle. And if metro Atlanta's water district is someday allowed to siphon millions of gallons of water daily out of the Savannah, it would create an ecological and commercial nightmare for the CSRA.

Candidates, take note: Georgia's next governor needs a sound, practical strategy to best satisfy the water needs of Atlanta without parching Augusta. Don't leave voters high and dry.

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robaroo
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robaroo 05/25/10 - 06:40 am
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I can't imagine a candidate

I can't imagine a candidate who campaigns on stealing water out of the Savannah river could get elected. Most politicians will be silent on the issue until after the elections.

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 05/25/10 - 08:57 am
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A excellent example of

A excellent example of Augusta's impotency. Only the AC would think that this is really an issue for the gov. Ten times the number of people live in Atlanta Metro as the Savannah River Basin. The gov will do the "need of the many" bit and that will be that.

If the AC actually wanted to do something about water shortages they would 1) quite publishing gonzo anti-science rants about climate change that disinform the public and 2)start asking harder questions about what the gov plans on doing about water conservation. All Sonny has done is pray. The Lord rewarded him with a drought then a flood of water he couldn't use. It's high time we quit pestering the Lord of Hosts will problems we ought to be able to solve ourselves.

dashiel
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dashiel 05/25/10 - 08:57 am
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One more reason we should

One more reason we should regard the Savannah as the treasure that it is. We might begin by removing the useless locks and allow endangered fish to spawn at the fall line rapids once more (as they had for more than a million years).

The Savannah's oxbows and estuaries are becoming more valuable by the minute. Yes we should jealously guard our river, but not only for the water. Instead of fighting or resenting environmental protection, we should embrace it as our best hope for winning court battles that are sure to come.

The more value we place on the Savannah, the better. Even if judges in their infinite wisdom decide against us, at least we can place a premium on our water instead of having it stolen from us.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/25/10 - 01:17 pm
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The earth is presently

The earth is presently encountering one envioronmental disaster after another, too quickly for the media to even report adequately. The gulf spill will not reach Georgia--bunk! Atlanta, siphoning water from the Savannah River basin won't make a difference to Augusta or Savannah or estuary life in Georgia--bunk!
Do you remember the movie franchise Mad Max, how everyone was savagely murdering each other over fuel--kind of like right now! Well, just wait until the life-giving commodity becomes Water--kind of like right now, in cetain countries. What's next cannabilism--oh, I forgot, that has already happened.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/25/10 - 02:19 pm
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pay - is there any part of

pay - is there any part of socialism you don't like?

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 05/25/10 - 04:45 pm
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Baron, I would ask you what

Baron, I would ask you what your point was but I am sure you don't have one. You never do.

You do seem to have a problem with ideologies. I don't adhere to any one other that optimization and survivalism. Some things are best done communally and arguable socialized. We do this with VA healthcare because the cost burden is outweighed by the common good presumed in serving ex-military. Some things, like the NSF, are mixed - providing common resources in an external, competition-based distribution system. Other things, like entertainment, automobile production or farming, are best left to the private sector. There is no one answer.

People who believe that one form of thought holds all the answers tend to be dogmatic to the point of self-annihilation. The only tragedy is the time it takes for them to reach the endpoint. We see these people daily in these forums promoting their belief systems at the expense of all else. You fit in well here, Baron. Face facts - You're religious.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/26/10 - 08:01 am
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Pay What U Owe wrote: . . .

Pay What U Owe wrote:

. . . start asking harder questions about what the government plans on doing about water conservation.

Uh oh, another person who believes that people are the problem and only government can provide solutions. In my view, it's the other way around.

Now let us think for a moment about water. There is a finite amount of it. In reality, it cannot be created nor destroyed. Water cannot be "conserved" in any meaningful sense of the word.

What does "Pay" mean when he calls for water "conservation?" Does he think that households should just use less? Well, we don't need a government program for that. We just need for "Pay" to begin using less.

Let's say that my household decides to cut back on water usage and we actually can realize a reduction of 50 gallons a day. So 50 gallons of water a day remain in the Savannah River and do not get drawn into my bathtub. Well those 50 gallons meander on down to the Atlantic Ocean, where they eventually evaporate and rain on the Blue Ridge Mountains and trickle back into the Savannah River. What have I accomplished? Nothing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/26/10 - 08:11 am
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Now, let's say that I had a

Now, let's say that I had a really hard day and needed some type of mental health adjustment. Instead of "conserving" my 50 gallons that night I decided to soak for a long time in a 50-gallon bubble bath. Is that 50 gallons "wasteful?" Am I harming the balance of nature? Is my mental health worth anything?

After my bubble bath, where do the 50 gallons go? They go into the sewer, down to the Messerley Waste Treatment Plant, into Phinizy Swamp, into the Savannah River, where they meander on down to the Atlantic Ocean, where they eventually evaporate and rain on the Blue Ridge Mountains and trickle back into the Savannah River. What's the problem with my taking a bubble bath while Pay What U Owe decides to "conserve" by taking a 5-minute shower? Nothing.

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