Before this autumn, northern Georgia was suffering from a rather severe drought. This wasn't its first drought, as we went through several while I was in college. This has been going on for years, and yet little has been done in the realm of figuring out how to manage water resources more appropriately. Their latest "attempt" to do so is called the "Water Contingency Task Force" made up of mostly Atlanta business types. Martin Matheny at Beyond the Trestle describes one of the Water & Power's big ideas thusly:
What interbasin transfer means, in simple terms, is that a region that needs water, say Atlanta, finds a place that has water, say Lake Hartwell, and starts piping water out to fill their own needs. Right now, interbasin transfer is illegal. It needs to stay that way, because if it becomes allowable, every lake, river, stream, and puddle in Georgia is fair game to satiate Atlanta's thirst.
Your tax dollars at work. The rest of Georgia is responsible for subsidizing metro Atlanta's subpar urban, suburban and exurban planning.
Because that is far simpler than "Instead of building a reservoir, spend less, create more jobs, and fix the pipes."
One, hopefully the real estate bubble bursting taught metro Atlanta developers a thing or three about overbuilding, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that.
Two, we must figure out a way to pump New Orleans' water to metro Atlanta and charge those business types by the gallon.