Today's top story was about the water situation and how a small aquatic lifeform was holding up reducing the flow of water from Normandy Dam. This has frustrated those in the utility business to no end.
Well, we aren't the only one with this problem. This just came over the wires:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A united Georgia congressional delegation proposed legislation Tuesday that would suspend Endangered Species Act regulations over river flows during periods of extreme drought.
The bill would apply nationally, but for Georgia lawmakers is aimed at stopping the release of water from a major Atlanta water reservoir to protect threatened species of mussels and sturgeon downstream in Florida.
It will probably face strong resistance if it advances. But after a rare bipartisan meeting Monday, Georgia's lawmakers rallied around it as a "common sense" solution to the state's persistent drought.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie said Georgia is at a critical point in its history. Its water is being restricted to "protect a handful of mussels and sturgeon," he said, leading people to wonder whether Congress cares more about animals than human beings.
"This is a crisis," added Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat.
While Normandy supplies just 250,000 folks, there are 4 million people that would be impacted if no action is taken in this case.
The thing is, mussels don't get angry when they're thirsty and can't flush ... but people do. They also vote.
So do we say, forget the mussels and get that water to the people? Or are these bottom-dwelling non-sentient organisms more important than humans? FYI and discussion.
And please, let's keep it civil....