Indian River Lagoon: Water Problems Everywhere


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The Treasure Coast is not the only area suffering from water problems. Oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface and is a resource of seemingly infinite abundance. Yet due to central planning water issues are plaguing areas throughout America. The Indian River Lagoon and Lake Meade both are suffering from the failures of centralized planning.

“The situation is as bad as you can imagine,” said Tim Barnett, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “It’s just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly. Unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid.”

Much like here on the Treasure Coast the failed bureaucrats have wrecked water havoc on the Las Vegas area.

How did this problem come about? 25% population growth. Similar population growth to what the Treasure Coast has seen. Bionic Mosquito points out:

A 25% population increase over ten years – a calamity; why, that’s about 2% per year compounded growth.  Overwhelming.  No wonder the lake is running dry – who could ever meet an increased demand for their product, at a catastrophic growth rate of 2%?

Water Wizards are failing everywhere. Some of the forefathers of water planning in Florida now look like imbeciles. Draining the Everglades and moving water east and west was a shortsighted idea and now the shortsighted plan is to take actions to mitigate the amount that would be diverted from the Everglades. This only deals with direction of the water and does little for the quality of it that water.

Instead of freeing water from the mismanagement of bureaucrats the answer is a new project to fix what they previously broke.

Perhaps someone can suggest a market price for water?

Nope, a government boondoggle instead – a giant straw in the lake:

That rescue project is costing $817 million and is currently expected to be complete by late 2015, but it is not viewed as a long-term solution.

Eight hundred million isn’t a long term solution – maybe it will buy another year or two.  Have I mentioned that someone might consider a market price for water?

Las Vegas also wants to build a separate $15.5 billion pipeline that would pump 27 billion gallons of groundwater a year from an aquifer 260 miles away in rural Nevada.

Fifteen billion dollars, I guess instead of a market price for water.

“The drought is like a slow spreading cancer across the desert. It’s not like a tornado or a tsunami, bang. The effects are playing out over decades. And as the water situation becomes more dire we are going to start having to talk about the removal of people (from Las Vegas).”

Market prices would greatly help in conserving water.  As prices rise for water individuals will reduce their use to curtail their expense acting in accordance with available supply.  While that may have greater impact in Las Vegas than here on the Treasure Coast the idea of allowing property rights in water would best solve the polluted Indian River Lagoon.

The junk fixes for the lagoon are Plan 6 and CEPP which total almost two billion dollars between them. And that is a just  start to fixing the problem. The costs will continue and only because of the monopolistic control by bureaucrats over a resource that the average human could survive for only 3-4 days. And the solution is to leave them in control? In the face of decades of failure?

The water is polluted from many sources yet there is no system to stop and hold accountable those who pollute.  If someone dumps their garbage in your yard you have recourse.

Unfortunately the statist cheerleaders have embedded the propaganda that the Indian River Lagoon is “ours.”

Sadly this mislabeling has it completely backwards.

The Indian River Lagoon is theirs.  They have overseen the degradation of the lagoon for almost a hundred years. Their master planning and water wizardry has failed.  They are ashamed alchemists who only blame the problem on another agency.

You may go protest, sign petitions and spend weekends cleaning up what they have enabled to be ruined but the impact is minimal. That is the product of confusing something as “ours” when it is clearly theirs.  Confusing the government as “us” is a common statist fallacy.

If the lagoon is “ours” then it follows that you have subsidized polluters, that you have chosen to alter Mother Nature’s flow of water, that you have wasted untold sums on countless meetings that produce failed plans and that you are responsible for polluting the water with waste.

I did none of those things. How about you?

And if you think that the lagoon being one of the most unique and diverse estuary will influence the impact of their management there is one lagoon that would tell you to think again.

The work below is theirs.


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