Feb. 24: Minnesota draining its supplies of water

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2013 - 9:55 PM

Nature can’t keep up with demand, prompting disputes in some cities.

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reader2580Feb. 23, 1311:07 PM

We should start with limiting water of grass. I am amazed to see perfectly green manicured lawns when it has barely rained for weeks.

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jload027Feb. 23, 1311:38 PM

yep, we should reader2580, when there is a drought going, this is a no brainer!

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ruphinaFeb. 24, 1312:15 AM

We have systematically redesigned the landscape to race water off the land and into the rivers via drain tiles and storm sewers, and somehow it is a surprise that the aquifers are drying up? Since we have already made it impossible for as much water to filter into the aquifer as nature intended, it then becomes up to us to fix it. Rather than take the regressive, communist, totalitarian power-mad, nanny-state, Bureaucrat-as-God route of forcing people to let their lawns dry out, their crops die, and close their businesses, we should very simply just take water from those over flowing rivers, filter it and treat it and pump it directly into the ground. Bill G.

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wildfoxFeb. 24, 1312:33 AM

This is not new news. It is well know for decades that our water supply was in peril but greed and gluttony prevailed over environmental warnings. Not only are some communities running short of water supply many wells are not fit for human consumption. If you drink well water get it tested (by a private lab) you will be surprised what you are drinking. The obliteration of 90% of MN wetlands literally ruined our water supply. Bottoms up.

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heillutherFeb. 24, 1312:43 AM

Of course water consumption increases with population growth but nobody talking about limiting population growth in the "comprehensive immigration" debates. They are just trying to figure out how to ram exponential population growth, unsustaneable expansion and increased social services costs down the throats of US Citizens.

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hobie2Feb. 24, 13 1:00 AM

" I am amazed to see perfectly green manicured lawns when it has barely rained for weeks."... So let me ask.. why is it wrong for me to use 3000 gallons a day watering to make my lawn green and protect my grass, but it is OK for and agricultural irrigator to use 200,000 gallons a day to keep his corn well watered and increase his profit? Because what I like doesn't count but profit does?.. Stop all agricultural irrigation and the water reserves problem in Minnesota stops... But no... the farms draw water off the aquifers at 10,000 times that of a homeowner, but it is for profit - so that can't be stopped?

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bemmelFeb. 24, 13 1:07 AM

Later, in the 21st Century, the competition for water is likely to become acute. Places like west Texas, Arizona, Las Vegas and Southern California are attempting to support many more people than they have water resources for. There will be pressure to pipe water from places farther away like Minnesota to those areas and they will run smack dab into the Great Lakes Compact and other plans aimed at conserving local water sources. The struggle might get interesting.

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endothermFeb. 24, 13 3:34 AM

It is also time to start saying no to water permits, especially for businesses that use excessive amounts of water when the rest of the community is in drought conditions.

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hagfan50Feb. 24, 13 4:45 AM

Time to limit irrigation of crops...tremendous amount of water used. If people feel it is needed for more production, how about taking more land out of CRP? farmers paid to keep land out of production.

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texas_technomanFeb. 24, 13 5:10 AM

There is a partial solution, I saw it in action in Pasco Washington 20 years ago. There, everyone had two waterlines coming into the house. 1 was for drinking, the other was treated water from the sewage treatment plant, and that was greywater that was used to water outdoors, wash the car, etc. Other ways to conserve, especially cities, is to used native plants in landscaping that don't require as much water. Then there are the frac'ers who use 3million gallons on every well....at some point they need to figure out a different source of water...today it comes from rivers, lakes, our aquifer.....

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