Sunday, March 13, 2005

Lake Guntersville gunslinging

Blount County still wants to use Lake Guntersville as a long-term water source for a booming population. Marshall County still wants Blount County to take its drinking straw away from the lake and go home. Jefferson County still has a monopoly over Inland Lake, the largest reservoir in Blount County, and still threatens to dam up the Locust Fork River in its northern neighbor.

In other words, the water situation in north Alabama is all a big mess, and that much hasn't changed. But Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Cannon stepped up the rhetoric to new levels in a story published in today's Birmingham News: "You think it was rough in the Wild West over water. You come in here and try to tap us ... you're going to have a problem."

Gentlemen, isn't there an answer that doesn't involve Winchesters?


Blogger John Hubbard said...

We live in one of the most abundant states regarding freshwater and we still have problems. I can't even imagine how bad it is out West.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

With all of the counties bickering and taking each other's water like they are now, I suspect the state will have to step in eventually to settle matters.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

I have this plan, see, it involves using beavers to tunnel underground until they reach Inland Lake, then inserting a really big straw...

It is odd to think that I used to live 30 miles from here and drank water that came from just around the bend... and nowdays it's a case of "so much (unavailable) water so close to home".

9:38 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"Gentlemen, isn't there an answer that doesn't involve Winchesters?" bahaha...this is what happens when men run things.

"I can't even imagine how bad it is out West." I was in Las Vegas for a week in December and caught a number of news stories in print about their problems. Water use restrictions abound, of course; forget about a shower with decent water pressure. We stayed at Paris, just across the street from the Bellagio, which has the huge fountain show. Like the NYNY casino, they have a sign out front touting that they buy their water from out of state (as opposed to tapping Lake Mead's meager and contested resources). Also, I learned that water from Lake Mead supplies communities as far away as CA and CO.

11:46 AM  

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