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   The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and the largest fresh water reservoir in the world is starting to dry up. You betcha everybody panic

24 Feb 2013 11:48 AM   |   15677 clicks   |   Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Alphax     
The Army Corp of Engineers has been dredging the Mississippi in order to keep it deep enough for barge traffic.

24 Feb 2013 07:04 AM
staplermofo     
The guy's name is Damm.  I don't think we can trust him on matters involving missing water.

24 Feb 2013 07:23 AM
sparkeyjames     
What happens when you take copious amounts of resources and turn it into humans and business's who then do more of the same.

24 Feb 2013 07:28 AM
Speaker2Animals    [TotalFark]  
Our system of government does not do well these days on planning for the future.

24 Feb 2013 08:21 AM
sgnilward    [TotalFark]  
A couple snowless winters and exceedingly dry summers will do this. Now if only there was part of the government whose job was to regulate these things...

The ACE Channel project is as much about desilting as anything else. There's plenty of water in the river but upstream farm runoff and natural erosion cause lots of silt to buildup

24 Feb 2013 08:32 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
You guys aren't managing your dirt.

24 Feb 2013 08:36 AM
NewportBarGuy    [TotalFark]  
I think we need less regulation. The Free Market will fix this.

24 Feb 2013 09:11 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Higher prices for water could result

That's the obvious solution, basically like NewportBarGuy said. Use the water as you wish (less regulation), but it's going to cost what the market will bear considering the finite supply (free market).

24 Feb 2013 10:24 AM
santadog    [TotalFark]  

Speaker2Animals: Our system of government does corporations don't do well these days on planning for the future.


Nestle is draining entire towns of their reserves.
Pepsi and Coke take water from the poorest towns.

24 Feb 2013 10:40 AM
Jon iz teh kewl     
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24 Feb 2013 11:50 AM
oukewldave     
Well, if they can get rid of 9,000 of them, it isn't that big of a deal. Just drop one 0

24 Feb 2013 11:53 AM
dragonchild     
Whatever, as long as I can drink my bottled city water while driving my freshly washed car on the way to the golf course while bragging about my green lawn.

/ My FarkTM estimate is that 90% of residential and corporate water consumption is senseless waste

24 Feb 2013 11:53 AM
Mrbogey     
They still have more water than most so what are they complaining about?

/That's how this works, right?

24 Feb 2013 11:55 AM
Jon iz teh kewl     
in the year 4500, land of 10000 pits

24 Feb 2013 11:57 AM
germ78    [TotalFark]  
Don't worry, we're gonna frack our way to solving this problem.

24 Feb 2013 11:58 AM
Farking Canuck     
If only someone had seen this coming. Someone other than the leftist shills called scientists of course.

24 Feb 2013 11:59 AM
Flakeloaf     
"We move it downstream," said Stark. "We don't recycle it."

Well Timmy I think I've found your problem.

24 Feb 2013 12:00 PM
Agent Smiths Laugh    [TotalFark]  
OH CRAP!

Oh..wait, it's water?

Damn subby, you scared me.

For a moment I thought we might run out of:

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24 Feb 2013 12:01 PM
Wangiss     
Everybody just chill the fark out.
I'm buying solar panels.

24 Feb 2013 12:01 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

Wangiss: Everybody just chill the fark out.
I'm buying solar panels.


everybody just chill the fark out
i'm buying FRACKING

24 Feb 2013 12:03 PM
TiiiMMMaHHH     
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24 Feb 2013 12:03 PM
Wangiss     

Jon iz teh kewl: Wangiss: Everybody just chill the fark out.
I'm buying solar panels.

everybody just chill the fark out
i'm buying FRACKING


Brofist!

24 Feb 2013 12:04 PM
SpdrJay     
I read that Europa has lots of water....

Let's LAND on Europa and bring back some!

24 Feb 2013 12:06 PM
Wangiss     

Farking Canuck: If only someone had seen this coming. Someone other than the leftist shills called scientists of course.


I've read a lot of predictions. They don't beat the dice.

24 Feb 2013 12:07 PM
Fano     
The land of a thousand dances will be OK though, right?

24 Feb 2013 12:09 PM
nmemkha     
Why do we need to burn through all our resources in a ever increasing dash for exponential growth?

24 Feb 2013 12:09 PM
Sergeant Grumbles     
Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?

24 Feb 2013 12:10 PM
Good Behavior Day     
We're in a dry cycle, the new industries (like ethanol and frack sand) use millions of gallons, flood control and wastewater management just dumps all water into the Mississippi, it's amazing there's any water left around here.

24 Feb 2013 12:14 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?

In my area summer watering restrictions are common. For example, the rule might be even/odd houses can water lawns on even/odd days but only at night. When water levels drop more the restriction could turn into a ban. Sometimes sprinklers are banned and hand-held hoses allowed. This last rule relates to my earlier comment about charging for water. We charge for water, but it's still cheap. If you have to invest time as well as a little money to water your lawn you are less likely to waste water.

24 Feb 2013 12:15 PM
FlippityFlap     
The next 20 years should be interesting, in a Chinese curse sort of way. Here in Austin, there's already a shortage of water, but everyone and their moms keep on moving here, paying 300 grand for a shiatty tract house made of press board and gypsum, for the privilege of spending 2 hours a day in traffic. I hate to break it to you, but the days of Austin being any kind of fun place to live are just about over. There's NEVER going to be enough water here, even for the people that we have now, but HEY, don't let that stop you......

24 Feb 2013 12:19 PM
Mock26     
Less water means fewer drownings, so this is a good thing, right?

24 Feb 2013 12:20 PM
piglet     

nmemkha: Why do we need to burn through all our resources in a ever increasing dash for exponential growth?


Step 2= burn baby burn
Step 3= profit (for shareholders)
Step 4= discover you can't buy what you need

24 Feb 2013 12:25 PM
UNC_Samurai     
The Vikings will run out of places to have their "boat parties".

24 Feb 2013 12:26 PM
TomD9938     

dragonchild: / My FarkTM estimate is that 90% of residential and corporate water consumption is senseless waste


Ethanol production seems to be a major culprit in TFA, so yeah.

24 Feb 2013 12:29 PM
machoprogrammer     
But I thought overpopulation was a myth?

24 Feb 2013 12:29 PM
Clemkadidlefark     

santadog: Speaker2Animals: Our system of government does corporations don't do well these days on planning for the future.

Nestle is draining entire towns of their reserves.
Pepsi and Coke take water from the poorest towns.


This right here is fact

24 Feb 2013 12:32 PM
Pointy Tail of Satan     
Should do the Republican thing, and simply get rid of all the agencies involved. If you don't know the problem exists, it's not a problem!

24 Feb 2013 12:32 PM
The Irresponsible Captain     
The water wars have begun.

Mismanaged resources, agribusiness subsidies, and the natural Midwestern weather cycle that gave us the Dust Bowl have all come together in a glorious orgy of come home to roost chickens.

24 Feb 2013 12:37 PM
DarthBart     

ZAZ: Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?

In my area summer watering restrictions are common. For example, the rule might be even/odd houses can water lawns on even/odd days but only at night. When water levels drop more the restriction could turn into a ban. Sometimes sprinklers are banned and hand-held hoses allowed. This last rule relates to my earlier comment about charging for water. We charge for water, but it's still cheap. If you have to invest time as well as a little money to water your lawn you are less likely to waste water.


And then you start getting fined by your HOA because your lawn is brown.

24 Feb 2013 12:38 PM
Kiwimann     
Well damn.

As someone who loves Minnesota, this is a sad bit of news on a Sunday morning.  I hope they can get this sorted out.

24 Feb 2013 12:39 PM
Shmopee     

Jon iz teh kewl: [www.picobay.com image 741x361]


We used to cut the picture of the butter on the sides and the bottom leaving the top as a hinge and tape the knees behind, the idea was to lift the butter and see the boobies like a peep show. That shiat was hilarious in sixth grade and still pretty damn funny now.

24 Feb 2013 12:40 PM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
Bet this means more influx of people for the Northwest.

24 Feb 2013 12:44 PM
crab66     

Speaker2Animals: Our system of government does not do well these days on planning for the future.


Thinking more than 6 months ahead is socialist. Why do you hate freedom?

24 Feb 2013 12:45 PM
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo     
Aren't they under about 24" of snow right now?  Looking at the snow maps, a ton of melt water will head to the Mississippi soon.

24 Feb 2013 12:45 PM
twomutts     

Sergeant Grumbles: Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?


There are some interesting grass mixes out there that have deeper roots, different greening times, and naturally only grow up to 8 inches or so high. Add it all up and it means little to no watering required, and little to no mowing, either. I used it on my lawn back in Michigan and it worked pretty well. Of course, I also eliminated about 2/3 of my lawn and replaced it with a big rain garden, which retains water and allows it to infiltrate slowly, thereby replenishing the water supply, but I ain't gonna be greedy... I'll settle for people using no-water seeds.

24 Feb 2013 12:50 PM
ladyfortuna     

DarthBart: ZAZ: Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?

In my area summer watering restrictions are common. For example, the rule might be even/odd houses can water lawns on even/odd days but only at night. When water levels drop more the restriction could turn into a ban. Sometimes sprinklers are banned and hand-held hoses allowed. This last rule relates to my earlier comment about charging for water. We charge for water, but it's still cheap. If you have to invest time as well as a little money to water your lawn you are less likely to waste water.

And then you start getting fined by your HOA because your lawn is brown.


Which is why I am glad where I live there's no such thing as an HOA (rural, population contracting). Honestly my lawn can dry up and die in drought season for all I care, as long as I can still water my small flower bed and veggie garden enough... and that's only because of the amount of money and effort I've put into them. I don't understand the obsession with a perfect lawn. Mow it, leave it, it's fine.

24 Feb 2013 12:50 PM
twomutts     

twomutts: Sergeant Grumbles: Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?

There are some interesting grass mixes out there that have deeper roots, different greening times, and naturally only grow up to 8 inches or so high. Add it all up and it means little to no watering required, and little to no mowing, either. I used it on my lawn back in Michigan and it worked pretty well. Of course, I also eliminated about 2/3 of my lawn and replaced it with a big rain garden, which retains water and allows it to infiltrate slowly, thereby replenishing the water supply, but I ain't gonna be greedy... I'll settle for people using no-water seeds.



This was the stuff I used:
http://www.wildflowerfarm.com/index. php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

but a quick search found about a half dozen other alternatives like this one:  http://http://www.prairienursery.com/ store/no-mow-lawn-seed-mix-c-11. h tml

24 Feb 2013 12:55 PM
Kevin72    [TotalFark]  
Corporations are people, too.
They have as much right to use as much water as they need.
It's a freedom of speech and expression issue.
Vote Republican.

24 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
machoprogrammer     

Sergeant Grumbles: Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?


This. Watering lawns is a gigantic waste of resources.

24 Feb 2013 12:59 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

Kevin72: Corporations are people, too.
They have as much right to use as much water as they need.
It's a freedom of speech and expression issue.
Vote Republican.


you know you can vote Democrat and still believe that corporations are people too?

24 Feb 2013 01:01 PM
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