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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and the largest fresh water reservoir in the world is starting to dry up. You betcha everybody panic   (startribune.com) divider line 151
    More: Scary, Minnesota, storm sewers, snow melt, deep underground, environmental standards, fresh water, Clear Lake, aquifers  
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2013-02-24 07:04:07 AM
The Army Corp of Engineers has been dredging the Mississippi in order to keep it deep enough for barge traffic.
 
2013-02-24 07:23:00 AM
The guy's name is Damm.  I don't think we can trust him on matters involving missing water.
 
2013-02-24 07:28:38 AM
What happens when you take copious amounts of resources and turn it into humans and business's who then do more of the same.
 
2013-02-24 08:21:56 AM
Our system of government does not do well these days on planning for the future.
 
2013-02-24 08:32:14 AM
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
 
2013-02-24 08:36:54 AM
You guys aren't managing your dirt.
 
2013-02-24 09:11:09 AM
I think we need less regulation. The Free Market will fix this.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-24 10:24:50 AM
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).
 
2013-02-24 10:40:54 AM

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.
 
2013-02-24 11:50:16 AM
www.picobay.com
 
2013-02-24 11:53:06 AM
Well, if they can get rid of 9,000 of them, it isn't that big of a deal. Just drop one 0
 
2013-02-24 11:53:39 AM
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
 
2013-02-24 11:55:19 AM
They still have more water than most so what are they complaining about?

/That's how this works, right?
 
2013-02-24 11:57:15 AM
in the year 4500, land of 10000 pits
 
2013-02-24 11:58:01 AM
Don't worry, we're gonna frack our way to solving this problem.
 
2013-02-24 11:59:03 AM
If only someone had seen this coming. Someone other than the leftist shills called scientists of course.
 
2013-02-24 12:00:15 PM
"We move it downstream," said Stark. "We don't recycle it."

Well Timmy I think I've found your problem.
 
2013-02-24 12:01:06 PM
OH CRAP!

Oh..wait, it's water?

Damn subby, you scared me.

For a moment I thought we might run out of:

stlmommy.com
 
2013-02-24 12:01:26 PM
Everybody just chill the fark out.
I'm buying solar panels.
 
2013-02-24 12:03:32 PM

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


everybody just chill the fark out
i'm buying FRACKING
 
2013-02-24 12:03:52 PM
meanspirited.net
 
2013-02-24 12:04:59 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


Brofist!
 
2013-02-24 12:06:37 PM
I read that Europa has lots of water....

Let's LAND on Europa and bring back some!
 
2013-02-24 12:07:07 PM

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.
 
2013-02-24 12:09:08 PM
The land of a thousand dances will be OK though, right?
 
2013-02-24 12:09:21 PM
Why do we need to burn through all our resources in a ever increasing dash for exponential growth?
 
2013-02-24 12:10:22 PM
Can we make it illegal to water your lawn yet? I've never seen a bigger waste of water. And for what? Pretty grass?
 
2013-02-24 12:14:24 PM
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.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-24 12:15:40 PM
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.
 
2013-02-24 12:19:02 PM
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......
 
2013-02-24 12:20:53 PM
Less water means fewer drownings, so this is a good thing, right?
 
2013-02-24 12:25:24 PM

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
 
2013-02-24 12:26:46 PM
The Vikings will run out of places to have their "boat parties".
 
2013-02-24 12:29:30 PM

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.
 
2013-02-24 12:29:49 PM
But I thought overpopulation was a myth?
 
2013-02-24 12:32:05 PM

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
 
2013-02-24 12:32:46 PM
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!
 
2013-02-24 12:37:10 PM
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.
 
2013-02-24 12:38:18 PM

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.
 
2013-02-24 12:39:52 PM
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.
 
2013-02-24 12:40:28 PM

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.
 
2013-02-24 12:44:47 PM
Bet this means more influx of people for the Northwest.
 
2013-02-24 12:45:06 PM

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?
 
2013-02-24 12:45:11 PM
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.
 
2013-02-24 12:50:24 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?


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.
 
2013-02-24 12:50:35 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.


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.
 
2013-02-24 12:55:33 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.



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
 
2013-02-24 12:58:24 PM
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.
 
2013-02-24 12:59:10 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?


This. Watering lawns is a gigantic waste of resources.
 
2013-02-24 01:01:48 PM

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?
 
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