Sunday, July 8, 2007

More Florida Water Woes, More Lessons For The Great Lakes

This blog has noted the devastating drought in once-water rich Florida, a situation made worse by decades of over-building, water waste and overall poor management of water and land resources.

Another update on this woeful situation is here.

Florida's troubles should be a red flag to planners and others in Wisconsin and across the Great Lakes region.

The eight Great Lakes states are studying proposed amendments to the Great Lakes Compact, a water management agreement, that place conservation and careful planning as the highest priorities when it comes to withdrawing water from the Great Lakes.

Legislators need to be prompted to pass a strong state bill to implement the Compact for Wisconsin - - and they should do so with Florida in mind as the consequence of being passive, even careless, when dealing with water resources that are mistakenly believed to be infinite.

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