FERGUSON: State wants to fool with Mother Nature
There are some things in life that are vitally important to us that we tend to take for granted because we assume we will always have them. Take water for instance. Most of the time we use it like we can never run out of it, until we start to run out. Then it quickly becomes a very big issue.
In case you haven’t heard, the state of Georgia has a serious water problem. We share a river system with neighboring Alabama and Florida, and they say we are using too much of it before it flows into their states. A lot of the problem stems from rapid population growth in the Atlanta area. They are using more and more water in that part of the state and our relationship with our neighbors is growing increasingly contentious as the problem gets worse.
It the midst of all this water-wrangling, a bill has quietly been introduced in the Georgia Legislature that is interesting, to say the least. The bill would give the state the authority to pump water from underground aquifers into the Flint River during droughts to keep the river’s water flow from running too low.
The bill’s backers claim the state would use that authority to save wildlife that may be harmed during severe drought, but many environmentalists fear the state has another agenda. Specifically, they believe the water-pumping authority would be used to keep the Flint flowing healthily into bordering states clamoring for more water while Atlanta continues to use as much water as it needs to keep its growth going uninterrupted.
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