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January 09, 2007

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GUYK

"Water Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink"

Yep..water is a scarce commodity in Florida nowadays. I have a GOOD deep sweet water well..just hope it stays sweet water.

I have sowed sweetthing's half acre in Bermuda grass primarily because it will live during a drought..it is not the prettiest of grasses but it is ground cover and I don't water it much. There is a lt of water wasted on the Bahai and Floracam grasses when Bermuda or Centipede would do just as well.

Nils

I admire how passionate you get on this topic. It's important, and I love that you feel compelled to speak out about it.

Seamus

Even when we left Florida in 1984 the problems of un-checked development was already on the table. It is unconscionable that the state has allowed this to go unchecked. We were fighting just to get them to institute standard building codes then - the fight was unbelievable - "we been doing this this-a-way fer fer all there years, what we need change fer - just goin' to be 'spensive". They all need to get a clue. you'd think after the sinkholes started swallowing houses, cars and animals the light bulb would go off - not the case though.

FloridaCracker

The sad thing is, our FL legislature is in the hands of wealthy developers who pull out mom, apple pie, and the flag if you dare say, "Enough! Florida is full!" Somehow it's unAmerican to care about the NewJerseyfication of Florida.

Every Floridian should be required to watch "Florida's Water Story". I don't believe it's possible to sit through that amazing documentary and not see the connection between what we do on the surface and the aquifer below.

The tie between wealthy developers and public decision makers is sooooo tight and it's often glaring in it's arrogance. In St.Johns county, highway 207 between St. Aug and Palatka runs through wonderful rich darksoil farmland. A few years ago it was
4-laned with city water pipes and planted medians of palm groupings ... in the middle of nowhere ... all to "improve" traffic flow.
Now almost every farm along 207 is for sale with PUD signs hawking the development prospects. The rich flat farmland is a developer's dream.

Here in our rural, water rich county, we watch the creeping development and thirst of the south Florida juggernaut with nervous eyes. Every few years, talk of water pipelines from the Suwannee to south Florida surfaces ... so far we've defeated attempts at "water relocation".

At 48.99 years of age, I don't feel old, EXCEPT when I talk to my kids about the Florida I grew up in. So many things and places have changed in that short time.

Sorry to ramble ... kindred soul here.

It was a good post Laura. A very good post.


InterstellarLass

We have the same problem in Texas. We have very few natural lakes. Everything else is resivoirs and groundwater. And we have resivoirs that are at max capacity, and current residents are down to watering once a week, and they are still hooking up thousands of houses. I don't understand the need to build on every piece of vacant land. That's what it's beginning to feel like. "There's a field...let's tear it up and put something on it." It upsets me greatly.

Old Horsetail Snake

I don't know about this. If they protect all the wetlands, where do we put our burnt-out refrigerators?

(You are right-on, Laura. It will be interesting, too, to see what Carl Hiasin has to say.)

HurricaneTeen

Amen, amen, amen, times 1000. We continually hear of people in South Florida wanting to pump water from here in North Florida (the better part of the state :-D) to suit their needs. I see my neighbors watering their lawns almost every day, and I am still amazed how people can be so wasteful. I guess city life and comfortable living have caused people to become wasteful. Everybody will regret it in the future if we do not change our habits. I can't even remember the last time we watered our lawn...we simply don't care! This brings to mind quote from The Yearling: "That's water you're playin' with."

vicki

Yup,yup- you know I am all over this post. Thanks for so much information, Laura. This adds substance to my plans for our new xeriscaped yard. Rich read this post, too. Our immediate old neighborhood has been fully built since the fifties, mostly earlier and there's a pretty strong commitment to water conservation. Three minutes on to the main drag and all I see are condos,condos everywhere and more going up each day. It's ironic that are porch columns had to meet the approval of the city planner (which is fine and good with me) but what about the rest of this building all around? We saw the exact same thing in Ann Arbor- building not only beyond the resources but really, far beyond how people need to and should live.

Hoss knows better. People can keep their dead appliances in the front yard, the way they do in Oregon. :-)

mom

very good post. I am proud of you.
Martin County is in a war between those who want progress (turning the county into another Dade or Ft Lauderdale extension) and those of us who object. Thousands of condos, townhouses and homes are planned, some on rezoned farm land. We have an urban boundary plan here. Developers are doing everything they can to get rid of it because it prevents development past line
I wonder if the fools realize that by rezoning our farmlands, we are going to be a nation dependent on other countries to provide food for us.
How can people be so stupid?

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