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The Atlanta regional area political authorities have known for years that they needed to build more reservoir capacity to meet its' water needs. They haven't gotten it done. The state of Tennessee and the river are convenient patsies for the failure of GA, FL and AL to work out their issues. That's not even addressing how hard it would be at this point to build a reservoir given today's ecological climate.
Sounds good! Every little bit helps!
Actually, a nice bottle of Tennessee sipping whiskey would help more than water....
Wait a minute guys giving them Chattanooga might not be a bad thing. :)
After 200+ years, I'm pretty sure the state borders are grandfathered in, if they weren't having a shortage of water this wouldn't even be an issue for Georgia. A simple, but costly solution would be to build a desalination plant near Savannah and then they would have an unlimited supply of water for the whole state.
If they didn't have enough water in the Atlanta area, they shouldn't have let it get so big.
Poor civil planning there. Not Tennessee's fault.
I don't mean to sound harsh, but Georgia touches the freakin' Atlantic. Build a plant down there. Problem solved.
This post was edited by Wes Rucker 13 months ago
Senior Writer, govols247
Here's a few for you, too...
Well, that's the first tempting argument I've heard. Best oysters in the planet, esp. when you get 'em fried, and pulled fresh right out of the Bay (wife and I spend at least a week each year on St. George Island, across from Appalach., and they're the Kobe beef of oysters). Aside: their little Bay scallops are painfully delicious as well. Why painful? Now I'm thinking about them, and can't go eat any for 2 more months.
Still, if anyone was truly in NEED of water in GA, rather than WANT of cheaper water, Tennesseans would, ahem, VOLUNTEER to give it to GA, and even drive it down there.
It just appears to me to be shameless pandering by politicians, as they do to their respective bases in all states.
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
Dude, this happens almost every year somewhere if not in large areas out here. Last i checked chains off a trailer cant spark a multi 100 acre wildfire in ATL because of how dry it is. People's yards are rock out here just to avoid having to deal with this. Start ditching the grass for the multicolor rock yards, then come complain. I've lived off a couple different wells out here and you have to manage it or you are screwed. We water the veggies and that's about it, the rest is just vanity really.
I'm pretty well read on water shortages, so I know what's going on in California, as well as in the southwestern deserts and in Florida.
I posted in this thread because most folks in Tennessee as well as most of the Southeast have never heard of water restrictions. Water is something you take for granted until it is in short supply.
By the way Wes, desalination is very, very expensive due to the energy consumed by the process. Those plants are a last resort for water shortages.
Solar stills are cheap and extremely effective.
Cheaper than a landwar than will likely eat up millions in legal fees and zero results.
I will watch with interest Georgia's various water wars with Alabama, Florida and now Tennessee, but I'm confident I'll be long gone from Georgia, retired in BOC before any of it is resolved. So I literally don't have a Dawg in this fight.
That said, though, it's interesting to read how they screwed up when they drew the lines. This story was written by a Tennessee guy:
Those carpet baggers can take the first exit on the FU highway as far as I'm concerned...
Rucker at it again on Twitter
I want my neighbors Range Rover. I think I will just redraw the border between my house and his. That should work.
Georgia better watch out. If Davy Crockett and his Tennessee volunteers got feisty about Texas annexation, they don't want to know what will happen if they try to actually take part of Tennessee.
guys is going after it , not afraid to state his opinion which i love by the way
I think the Tennessee Senate should pass a resolution to redraw the state line and get us a little Georgia beachfront.
This. I want me some oceanfront property, STAT!
For many years, I have read about the billions of dollars that are lost annually from floods and droughts and have wondered why the following can't be engineered:
A water transfer and exchange that would involve using the already established highway right-of-ways as a pipeline path, transferring water through a large network from flooded area into reservoirs and drought-stricken areas. Imagine being able to lessen the flood damage when, say, the Ohio River is cresting 10' above flood stage, and through dozens, perhaps hundreds of siphoning points located underneath bridges up and down the river. Even if you could only siphon enough to drop the maximum flood height from 10' to 7-8', that would still make an enormous difference for those not in the lowest lying areas.
And what was a curse is one area could become a cure in another...
It could then be pumped to huge regional reservoirs, or even directly pumped directly to drought areas. Drought and flood damage average costs are between $11-18 billion annually, what if we could cut those losses in half or better? I have no idea what the costs for this would be, but if the right-of-ways that are established for roads were used, the expense would be drastically lower. If this were to be attacked in a manner similar to Eisenhower's Interstate Highway initiative, or even a WPA-type project, it could possibly make a HUGE difference.
Just an idea that has bounced around in my skull in some of my more lucid moments, probably just a "pipe dream"...
It's more probable than a slithering pipe snaking its way back to jawja with wet load. I know crackers make you thirsty, but trying to push us out of the way to get to our well doesn't sit too well. Not gonna happen.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
I don't understand why we don't sell them some? We have more than enough. We could easily sell them 30 million gallons per day. It would be a good revenue source. It just ends up in the Gulf of Mexico.
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