published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Georgia Senate eyes Tennessee River basin for water supply

ATLANTA — The state Senate has unanimously approved a study looking into whether Georgia can use parts of the Tennessee River basin as a potential water supply.

Lawmakers have been weighing alternate water sources in the wake of a federal court decision ordering Georgia, Alabama and Florida to work out an agreement to share water by 2012.

According to the resolution passed Tuesday, four north Georgia creeks have an estimated combined flow of at least 130 million gallons per day for eight months of the year. The resolution suggests that water from these creeks could be stored in nearby abandoned rock quarries that could hold billions of gallons, and could be distributed via a pipeline that could be built along a railroad line.

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TXdawg said...

As long as Georgia collects the water before it crosses in into Tennessee, I see no reason that Georgia shouldn't be able to use the water. The biggest issue would be inter-basin water transfer. Besides, it is only in times of prolonged drought that Georgia rainfall doesn't amply supply all of Georgia's needs. The only reason Alabama is suing Georgia over water rights is to try to strangle Atlanta's growth so Birmingham could capture some of the economic bounty of company's concerned about locating operations in Atlanta - fail. Charlotte is the only city that company's would consider in the southeast for a southeast regional office (Nashville is great for a eastern regional office due to it's central proximity but most company's are structured into NE/SE/SW/midwest and west coast operations). The real beneficiaries of a prolonged water war would be Dallas and Phoenix from Atlanta losing non-geographic based HQ's or operation centers.

March 23, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
royw64 said...

Keep Em Out Of Our River.

March 23, 2011 at 12:58 p.m.
dao1980 said...

How about a trade? Georgia can have access to the Tennessee water supply in exchange for a two mile wide swath of land extending all the way to the gulf of Mexico to allow Tennessee equal access to Georgia's water supply. This land would be property of the state of Tennessee and be used any way this state chooses. Sounds fair to me!

March 23, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
smdrlk said...

Tennessee will never let Atlanta have our river(thank goodness)!!

March 23, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
bpqd said...

Don't their TVA contracts prevent them from taking water from the river that powers them, even if it crosses some part of their land?

They can't take the water away and require it provide them with electricity at the same time, I think.

Notice that the railroads are explicitly stated as being used for water pipelines as part of this scheme. We have long suspected this was a characteristic of their high speed rail ploys.

Once again, no matter where Atlanta steals water from, it's to no avail if they don't do something significant to begin conserving water. The city is on a hill. They do little or nothing to conserve the water once it is pumped up there. Guess why they end up wasting nearby Lake Hartsfield every year.

Do not let Georgia's failure to maintain their already greater than adequate supply of water be a cause for their taking more water from their neighbors. We do not need Atlanta's selfish and wasteful practices being used to drain more rivers and lakes. They have more than enough access to the water they need as it is.

Their state borders the Atlantic Ocean. Still, they claim they don't have enough water.

How much is Tennessee expected to provide, in the eyes of Atlanta's lying lawyers? An Atlantic and a Pacific's worth?

Maybe we could just have Vice President Emeritus Al Gore drag a Greenland glacier over to Georgia; and, then we could listen to their conservative politicians deny global warming as they drown under a giant, melting Arctic ice cube.

Wasteful practices inside Georgia, not a lack of access to water, is the reason why Atlanta is hell bent on stealing water rights. It's cheaper to steal than to manage their Owner's Equity in the water that they have on hand.

Thanks to poor water management, Atlanta's own nearby water slips through their fingers. Stop Georgia from stealing water. Make them make a modest effort to intelligently use what they have. Smartening them up will require a radical civil engineering overhaul; their entire system is built on being as cheap as possible; they are totally unprepared for wise management of their already abundant resources.

Reject Georgia's water theft plans.

March 23, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

If the shoe was on the other foot, Georgia (and Atlanta especially) would not allow their water to go to Tennessee. If Atlanta is growing at a rate that will outpace their water supply that is their problem, not ours (Tennessee). Instead, Atlanta should focus on not WASTING water on watering lawns every, etc. Instead of STEALING water from Tennessee, perhaps Georgia should look into desalination plants along their coast, this is done in the Middle East where water is in much shorter supply.

March 23, 2011 at 7:49 p.m.
afhcarm said...

It appears to me that they are talking about water from creeks that originate in Georgia and that they want to capture this water before it gets to the Tennessee River. If that is true, It would appear that Georgia has at least as much right to that water as does Tennessee.

March 23, 2011 at 10:52 p.m.
smdrlk said...

You are correct bpqd!! TVA contracts will not allow this to happen.

March 25, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
smdrlk said...

TVA still owns the tributaries that lead to the river....

March 25, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
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