Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Uh-oh, the TVA doesn't want to give us water

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2007 at 3:43 PM

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press explores the possibilities that Atlanta and Chattanooga might do a little horse-trading: A rapid-rail system between the two cities in exchange for a water pipe running from the Tennessee River to Atlanta to quench our thirsts.

On a typical day, the paper reports, 9 billion gallons of water flow through Chattanooga, and considering how Lake Lanier is on a slow and steady descent, Atlanta casts its thirsty eyes north.

However, there's already one significant kink in the plan. The Tennessee Valley Authority would have to sign off on any decision to send its water to Atlanta, and the head of the TVA doesn't have much sympathy for our situation. Reports the Times Free-Press:

TVA President Tom Kilgore, a former resident of Atlanta, said last week that he would be reluctant to give any water from the Tennessee River to the Atlanta region.

"I lived there when they were supposed to build six reservoirs around the city, and they built zero, so they're starting with the wrong person," Mr. Kilgore said.

Kilgore is referring to a plan that was approved when Roy Barnes was governor, then scuttled when Republicans took control of Georgia. Gov. Sonny Perdue has sought to end our drought and water problems through divine intervention, which obviously hasn't worked.

As Mark Twain noted: Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

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