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  •  I left AZ and moved back to IL (5+ / 0-)
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    weck, tobendaro, Rogneid, tacet, GreenMother
    •  Hey! (2+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, My Name Isnt Earl

      Don't take my water!

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:16:32 AM PST

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      •  Quite a few people are out to get our water. (2+ / 0-)
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        GreenMother, CA wildwoman

        A coal company wants to mine near Homer, IL and wants that town to supply them with untreated water pumped from the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River.

        Rural wells sunk into shallower aquifers dried up last summer when a farmer sunk an irrigation well into the Teays Aquifer for irrigation.  Hydro engineers say that the irrigation well caused the water in the shallower aquifer to be pulled down into the deeper Teays.  Also, the appropriate county authority failed in its regulatory function to supervise placement of irrigation wells.

        The twin cities of Champaign and Urbana draw their supply from the Teays.  According to hydrolgists, this has created a deformation zone around the cities drawing all the groundwater down.

        I used to live in Tucson, AZ where the rivers only flowed when it rained heavily.  Historically it wasn't like that.  Only 100 years ago the Santa Cruz flowed all year.  Tucson had drained the aquifer under the city to the point (200 ft down) that there were major subsidence problems.

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