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Rehydrating the Floridan aquifer, whence both South Georgia and much of the state of Florida draw their drinking water supplies, is definitely in order. Decades of draining surface waters into the ocean hasn't just dewatered millions of acres but depleted the underground supply. However, injecting industrial waste waters is not an appropriate response. Industrial wastes need to be removed, not just neutralized by adding even more chemicals.

A storm water DRIP, on the other hand should work because, although the initial surge of storm water is laden with contaminants from our roads, it has been amply demonstrated that, given enough time, natural biological communities can provide a thorough cleaning. Time is of the essence. That's why we want a DRIP, rather than a flow:

D = detain
R = retrain
I = infuse
P = percolate

And the upshot is that no-one will have reason to complain.

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  •  that is a process that will take a long time (1+ / 0-)
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    hannah

    and cost billions. look how hard it has been trying to restore the Everglades which will likely cost 100 billion when all is said and done. natural recharging will take hundreds of years, and if everything goes right, putting water back in will speed up the process a little.  a similar program should be undertaken for the Ogalala aquifer.

    •  When you say it will cost billions, you (3+ / 0-)

      are really saying that many people will have to be employed for a long time. Since we have lots of people needing to be employed and restoring the land is healthier than applying herbicides and pesticides to grow agricultural products we don't really need and the dollars available are infinite, there's no problem but the will to undertake such projects.

      All the drainage canals which dehydrated the land were constructed by man. Let man see to it that the water is again retained. Moreover, at least in South Georgia, if man makes a start, the beavers are sure to return and help.

    •  Recharging Ogalala = Find a Source of Water (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, ImpeachKingBushII

      a bit more plentiful than the amount of water that's presently being drawn for irrigation, so that we can do that plus recharge.

      Short of Lake Michigan, what's the potential source?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:53:48 AM PDT

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  •  Much of the water (1+ / 0-)
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    hannah

    provided by the Central Arizona Project, (CAP) drawn from the now historically low Colorado River and pumped uphill to Phoenix and ultimately Tucson, some 350 miles away, goes into recharging the aquifer.

    We can't think our way into a better way of living. We have to live our way into a better way of thinking. Claude AnShin Thomas

    by DaNang65 on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:23:11 AM PDT

  •  And exactly where is all this water coming from? (1+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady

    Are you counting on dozens of hurricanes, or what?

    •  Some areas in Georgia have had flash floods, (1+ / 0-)
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      hannah

      while areas such as mine have had extended dry periods. Perhaps there's a way to sequester flood waters until they can percolate through the soil?

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:28:03 AM PDT

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  •  The wetlands in our city have probably (0+ / 0-)

    recharged ground water in our area in the past, but after 10 years of prolonged drought followed by a couple of years of near "normal" rainfall has seen them drying up. Areas that used be under water most of the year are now mostly dry. A boardwalk was built through the wetlands, but pathways would probably do now.

    Sure there have been flash floods during storms in areas around Atlanta, but our area 30+ miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has become so dry that one lake is very low. I wonder how this affects the groundwater.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:26:19 AM PDT

  •  Desalinization (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, ImpeachKingBushII

    Maybe it's just too pie-in-the-sky easy, solar powered desalinization plants could easily supply the drinking water to large metropolitan communities, thereby relieving the stress on aquifers. Desalinization or desalinized water for irrigation would speed the process up as far as refurbishing and replenishing the aquifers. Of course it would be an initial investment to build the plants, if you get the military involved because they use this technology constantly, it could be completed very quickly and at a minimal cost. I doubt if it will ever happen because the foresight is not in place for this type of thinking.

    "There is nary a fool so idiotic as to discourage other fools from paying heed!" >>>>> Walter Pidgeon "Sufficient for each day is its own badness!" >>>>> Jesus Christ

    by jonnybullet on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 10:21:02 AM PDT

  •  this diary about aquifers reminds me... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    ...of living in Isle of Wight County, Va. Prior to 2008, we had enjoyed 6 uninterrupted years of arguably the most pristine smelling, sweetest tasting and un-polluted well water around. That is until the combined cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake decided as their population increased, so did their ravenous thirst for fresh water. They built state of the art pumping stations to turn on more and more pumps. In one short year our local water table plummeted a staggering 25 feet! We spent $10 a foot just to reach the new-but not improved water table. That water now stank up to high heaven and tasted like toilet water. It changed the color of our clothes from white to brown and we wouldn't dare drink it. It was unfit for human consumption. I was a full time Dem activist then and I contacted and complained to anybody that had political clout. Crickets. Chirp. Chirp.

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 02:51:52 PM PDT

  •  A massive public works project of (0+ / 0-)

    constructing modest check dams in every waterway and ditch, including intermittent streams,  would  retain some of the stormwater and allow it to percolate into the aquifer.

    The Google has links to Wiki and to studies of this approach in India that seem successful.  

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