25 comments

  1. Carpe Forem says:

    We have plenty of reservoirs. The problem(government induced) is that they are controlled at the Federal level and they (corps of engidiots) are letting water out of them faster than nature is currently filling them.

  2. Jace Walden says:

    If they are controlled at the Federal Level, then they are not “our” reservoirs. They just happen to be on “our” land.

    I honestly have no idea how this works. Are all the lakes in Georgia federally controlled by the Corps of Engineers or TVA? If so, what is the law regarding building and controlling our own reservoirs?

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    Jace,

    No, not all resevoirs in Georgia are owned or operated by the Feds. But the largest ones are, such as Hartwell, Lanier, Allatoona, West Point. As to why this is the case, I would assume it’s because these resevoirs provide water not only to us, but to other states (SC, AL, FL) as well, whereas the smaller state-owned resevoirs likely only provide water to Georgia-based communities, and therefore are only subject to state oversight.

    That’s my educated guess, as I do not know what the law states.

  4. shep1975 says:

    As an Honorary Lt. Colonel in the Georgia Militia, I fully expect the order to go seize the reservoirs by force of arms if necessary. After all, what is the Corp of Engineers going to do? Through protractors and pocket protectors at us? Kind of like watching Georgia Tech players on the football field.

    Yeah, I know the above is ridiculous (except the GA Tech stuff), but no more so than listening to a bunch of people who said the levies in New Orleans were fine.

  5. GodHatesTrash says:

    What an intelligent governor might do:

    1. Conserve/ration water
    2. Investigate the situation. Negotiate, plead, cajole, sue parties as necessary to get more water for his/her constituents.
    3. Get reservoirs built for the future. Fix leaking infrastructure. Make sure water use/conversation is a high priority for any new development. Get new laws that restrict water usage.

    What a superstitious ignorant goobernor might do:

    1. Make empty threats
    2. Hold big prayer meetings
    3. Declare war on the Corps of Engineers
    4. Buy a big plot of land in a swamp next to Disneyworld, move to Florida and let the Georgia yokels fare for themselves…

  6. SpaceyG says:

    You sayin’ we’z not poor as dirt no more, Chris? Dang! That there is good news down here on the farm. Bad news for John Edwards though I’d suppose.

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Jason,

    I have been saving my compass from 1983 when I graduated from Tech. I won’t throw it at you, but I will stick it somewhere on your person if you’d like. 🙂

  8. Holly says:

    I’m not sure how relevant this is to the current situation, but at one point, the Corps of Engineers was trying to give at least some of the dams back to the state and local governments, like the Augusta Lock and Dam, which now is run by the local government. Was that ever an option for Lake Lanier? Just curious, because I don’t know.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Trash,

    You might have a good idea there…you could probably develop a pretty decent script for a new TV show: Are you smarter than the Governor of Georgia?

    Think of the commercials that could be sold: Budweiser beer, NASCAR races, boiled peanuts (yuck!), peanut butter (yum!), fishing accessories…

  10. GodHatesTrash says:

    Good idea, Simple.

    But since damn near everybody is smarter than Goobernor Perdoofus, maybe we’d be better off with an Animal Planet Show – call it Stupid Goober Governor Tricks.

    Good list of commercials – and how about Redman, ‘shine, PBR, Sudafed, Viagra (for those trips to the Hartsfield-Jackson restroom), lottery scratch-offs, and welfare cheese?

    Oh, and Walmart. Definitely Walmart.

  11. Donkey Kong says:

    Jason,

    I am not a secessionist. I do not have a confederate flag hanging at my house, etc. etc. But we must ask, if it is REALLY the Federal government that is seeping our water for the benefit of other states, that could potentially lead to 4.6 million Georgians without water, could we ever get to the point that we would be justified in storming the reservoirs and kicking out the corp of engineers?

  12. eburke says:

    Lakes that are operatated by Georgia Power and by local government are in reasonably good shape considering the drought. They release only as much water as comes in. It is a good case that things are managed best by the private sector and the government that is closest to the people. The larger the government operating a service, the less likely it is to be run well.

  13. northside elephant says:

    Joe Frank Harris was talking about “drought-proofing Georgia”… IN 1983!

    I’m sure he wasn’t the first to talk about the need for an extensive network of reservoirs either. Here we are over 20 years later STILL TALKING ABOUT THE PROBLEM!

  14. rightofcenter says:

    Trash,
    It’s wonderful that you post on here now. Without it, we would not have a constant reminder of the liberal elitist viewpoint – you know, “if you don’t agree with me, you are stupid, classless, and subhuman, for I am a genius and have all the answers.”

    If I didn’t know better, I would think you were a conservative writing parody.

  15. Bill Simon says:

    Northside E,

    All we ever do in this state’s government is “talk” about problems, have study committees and convene “blue-ribbon” task forces, all the while accomplishing nothing except churning in place.

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