Will Water Turn Off The Tap For Fundraising?

Jim Galloway brings us news that Governor Sonny Perdue wants an aggressive timetable to tie up the tri-state water wars. He indicated that the battle between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama over who can use the water in Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee basin will be resolved under his watch, but that it may require a special session.

Remember that when the legislature is in session, a legislator or other state office holder cannot raise campaign funds if running for a state position.

Just the threat of a special session can impact the fundraising. If it appears an agreement is near, this session could easily be extended an extra month or two.

I’ll be willing to bet most under the gold dome will now see extra urgency that this matter either be settled or tabled. After all, they need to be out of session for their donor base to make it rain.

20 comments

  1. IndyInjun says:

    The ‘water war’ is Atlanta versus Florida, Alabama, and the rest of the state of GEORGIA.

    Atlanta casts covetous eyes toward every watershed in the state to feed its unsustainable growth.

    The advantage that most other cities have is an adequate water supply and transfer of their water means transfer of their growth to Atlanta.

    • Progressive Dem says:

      A few facts to consider Indy: Metro Atlanta uses less water per capita than LaGrange, Miami, Charlotte, Macon, Dallas, Columbia, Pheonix and Las Vegas. Metro Atlanta has raised water rates and changed the pricing strategy. As a result, per capita water consumption is declining and the region is continuing to encourage conservation. There are over 19,000 square miles of land that drain into the river basin with hundreds of creeks and streams providing water to the river. The vast majority of the river basin is within the state of Georgia. A small percentage of the river basin (5%) is north of Buford dam. Hundreds of other streams flow into the Chatahoochee below Buford Dam and Atlanta.

      The point is there is plenty of water for everybody and Buford Dam is not the spigot that controls how much water reaches Florida. Judge Magnuson never heard Atlanta’s case, he ruled strictly on the Corps of Engineer’s permitting history. A reasonable solution can be found. The Judge knows his ruling is completely impractical, but it will force a negotiated settlement.

      If you believe Atlanta’s growth is unsustainable, than you must be willing for government to increase its regulatory authority. That could mean that growth in metro Atlanta would only occur where sewer systems are in place. That way water would be returned to the river basin. It might require outlawing septic tanks which are consumptive uses. This would dimish the value of land and property rights for many property owners.

      • IndyInjun says:

        Good.

        The trouble is that Alabama and Florida have a big say in the outcome of Atlanta’s watershed inputs and outputs. If this means that Atlanta is curtailed, then it is Atlanta only who is affected.

        Then the growth doesn’t get sucked up by the metro area and goes to where the water already is.

        If covetous eyes are cast on the Savannah River there will be very big trouble.

        • Progressive Dem says:

          Atlanta is going to continue to grow. Your either growing or dying. Growth that doesn’t occur in Atlanta is not all that likely to go to other Georgia cities, but more likely to go to other large regions with international airports and strong interstate highway connections. About two-thirds of Georgia’s revenues are from metro Atlanta, so it is within most Geogians best interest for metro Atl to continue to grow.

          • IndyInjun says:

            No disagreement about that, but when growth comes at others expense, they are not so inclined to incentivize Atlanta growth.

  2. Ken in Eastman says:

    About now, Brian Kemp may be questioning himself for taking the SoS job. If he resigns before the election he loses all advantage and takes a lot of heat.

  3. Life and Liberty says:

    Ideally: Kill the DNR and EPD. remove the Core of Engineers from our State, and let property owners assume their own responsibility and risk for their own water supply. The VAST majority of the earth’s fresh water is stored in underground aquifers; and in the Mountains and Piedmont, they are almost always *not* inter-dependent.

    Pragmatically: If there’s a *real* broker in earshot- I’ve got an idea for a viable (and hugely lucrative) public-private solution that includes and (in the end) empowers the people, and would be willing to share it (under a confidentiality agreement) with the right person.

  4. aquaman says:

    Ya’ll need to listen to Progressive Dem on water issues. He/she is the only one who here that has a clue

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