Is the lake half empty or half full?

Senator David Shafer gives us some good news…sort of:

The AJC today reported the good news that Lake Lanier holds more water than originally believed. But before you relax with a long shower, read beyond the headline. The operations manager for the Army Corps of Engineers has clarified that instead of running out of water in 81 days,

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  1. NonPartisanGA says:

    It seems like the Corp of Army Engineers should require the downstream states like Alabama enact water restrictions like we have in metro-Atlanta where outdoor watering is banned at all times.

    It is not reasonable that in this time of shortage that the taps can run like business as usual. If Alabama can’t share in the conservation of the scare resource either voluntarily like a good camper or through mandate from the corp, the flow of water to them should be reduced accordingly. No in kind sacrifice – no water!

  2. Bull Moose says:

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071019/D8SCHTI00.html

    No Backup if Atlanta’s Faucets Run Dry

    A great article by Greg Bluestein… Here is an exception nugget in it…

    Former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat who was defeated in 2002, told reporters this week that he had planned to offer grants to fix leaks that waste millions of gallons of water each year. He also said he planned to build three new state reservoirs in north and west Georgia to help insulate the state from a future water crisis. But those plans died when he left office.

    “Los Angeles added 1 million people without increasing their water supply,” he told reporters. “And if Los Angeles can do it, I’ll tell you Georgia can.”

    Why didn’t Perdue move forward with Barnes plan? That’s a question that needs to be asked.

  3. gatormathis says:

    At the most, no resevoir should have to release more than is running into it. And surely not multitudes of times in excess.

    Noone knows how long this dry spell will last.

    I remember the folks in Atlanta awhile back, was all in a wash about they didn’t want no creation stickers of some kind in their school books.

    The Man says, “How do you like me now?

    Besides, how long would it take to get a resevoir past the lawyers, much less fund building it?

    Anyone can be smart as hell, as long as you are just “talking” about something.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Harry,

    Do you recall anything about a transportation plan?

    Something called the Northern Arc which would have alleviated a whole lot of traffic time on 285 and I-75 and I-85?

    Good thing thta was killed, eh?

  5. Harry says:

    Bill, even with the current condition of 285, I’m sure glad they didn’t build the Arc. It would have cost multi-billions of our money. Besides, when gas is $20 a gallon maybe 285 won’t be so busy anymore.

  6. Bill Simon says:

    Harry,

    By the way, ANY solution to traffic or water supply is going to take “multi-billions of our money.”

    But, besides that, it will take forward-thinking people, not “here-and-now” politicians who worry more about abortions and what religion people are.

  7. GodHatesTrash says:

    Poor Guvnuh Sonny – hat in hand to Dumbya – please Massuh, gibs us some water.

    Can’t you people solve your own problems without Uncle Sam always having to bail your ignorant inbred arses out?

  8. ondichliberty88 says:

    The Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for this water shortage also besides the weather. I do not get into climate shift theories, but we can hold government entities including the military to the fire. The Army Corp of Engineers can forget about the Endangered Species Act another useless regulation that has nothing to do with this.. The main concern is businesses and residential areas. People need that water to go about everyday life. The Army Corp of Engineers need to release the water supplies.

  9. SugarHillDad says:

    Everyone is missing this issue. This is not about endangered species it is about money. The corp is sending more water out of the lake than is needed for the the stupid endangered species. They were doing it to increase power production during the peak heat of summer because the sell of electrical power was “needed.” Now they have gotten use to it and are enjoying creating the extra revenue. If you think I am wrong do some phone calls to the corp and city of Atlanta and ask about the energy production and why the Hooch’s water level is running at record volumes. Remember, it is always about money and they always need an excuse. The sturgen and mussels are just to keep you distarcted.

  10. Carpe Forem says:

    Government = The Problem
    More Government = More Problems

    Less Government = The Solution

    Privatize damn operations.
    Free market supply and demand
    Less water = higher prices
    Higher prices leads to conservation and other solutions.

    Education and Freedom is always the Answer.

  11. ondichliberty88 says:

    Let me rephrase “do not lease more water from Lake Lanier and Lake Altoona”. Gov.Sonny Purdue did the right thing. The Army Corp of Engineers need to be sued. The Endangered Species Act should not be the concern of The Army Corp of Engineers. 10 million Atlanta Area Residents should be. This Incident will cause millions more in FL and AL to go without water. I think inspite of this incident the Endangered Species Act should be repealed. I have a question for everyone” what is more important to the survival of this country 10, 20 or 30 million people or a group of geese”?.

  12. ondichliberty88 says:

    that AJC guest opinionist can we say Treehuger. mussels are not worth sacrificing 10,20 or 30 million people.

  13. cheapseats says:

    on behalf of the rest of this state – all of us outside of the Atlanta area – I’d like to say that we value almost anything more than Atlanta. You greed-heads created your own problems and now you’re willing to sacrifice just about anything so you can continue your unsustainable life-styles.

    we say “tough noogies” – we don’t care if your BMWs are dirty!

  14. heroV says:

    sarcasm on
    cheapseats: you’re right. Atlanta certainly brings NOTHING of value to the rest of the state.
    sarcasm off

  15. cheapseats says:

    of course Atlanta returns some value but I think they have fallen below the break-even point so, I’d be willing to cut my losses and sell it to Alabama for pennies on the dollar. 😉

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