Friday, August 14, 2009

State lawmaker all agog about reservoirs

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 8:52 PM

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Oh, state Sen. Chip Pearson, you do not disappoint, sir!

The Republican lawmaker from Dawsonville — whom we've lovingly nicknamed "Dirty Sanchez" — is the Gold Dome's biggest cheerleader of reservoirs and always open to revisiting some of those pesky environmental laws that get in the way of economic development and jobs, jobs, jobs.

Every year he seems to offer one bad legislative idea after the other, and every year we recognize him for his efforts with a Golden Sleaze Award. It's like clockwork, people!

He didn't disappoint us today. In a Dawson Times editorial, Pearson says the state needs a "MacArthur Plan for Georgia's water future."

Does it involve more conservation, which environmental advocates say is the cheapest and easiest measure and offers the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reducing demand on metro Atlanta's fragile water supply?

Nope! Pearson says we need to dig holes. Lots and lots of holes.

From the lawmaker's opus:

Every corner of the state is a potential place for water storage. To the north, a reservoir on public and private property, as well as Chattahoochee National Forest land, could supplement water inflow to Lanier, maintain adequate water levels and provide direct access to drinking water (as described in SR 107). There are also many appropriate sites in North Georgia that could afford large regional reservoirs. We can tap into the aquifers throughout South Georgia and use the Oconee National Forest for more storage. Finally, let’s not overlook the Georgia coast and opportunities to build desalination plants potentially co-located with power generation, as it has been successfully done in other states.

And then there's this gem: "The time for talk and study is over. The time for action is now. The question is, do we have the resolve?"

The better question is: do we have the cash? Reservoirs are a part of the puzzle, sure, but they're also some expensive sons of guns. (And on a somewhat related note, wasn't it former U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall who had an eponymous "plan?")

(Courtesy Senate Press Office)

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