Monday, July 20, 2009

And just how hard did we fight??

You know folks, there's plenty of talk locally about the dire straights of 'our' water resources in this area. Have you cut back on watering your lawn?? (I haven't but I just wanted to see how much you have)

Face it, if you have fallen for the high pitched rhetoric you should be up in arms by the lack of effort the water worry warts have offered to bring much needed help to protect and/or develop water resources. The water worry warts have lobbied against economic development, but didn't bother to lobby the federal government or state government to spend at least some of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act here locally.

This lack of effort, or even caring in the slightest, only furthers my speculation that the water worry warts have little to no concern about 'our' water resources here in Mohave County.

Sure, some of the water worry warts are probably against huge federal spending programs in the same manner that I am, which is why I didn't lobby for any funds. But then again, I don't think there is an impending threat to 'our' water supply. Judging by their actions, they don't either.

Meanwhile in other parts of the country... other parts that don't take too kindly to federal dollars either...

Texas Awarded $160 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Water Projects
Funds will go to the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program
July 13, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $160 million to the Texas Water Development Board. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

Investing in the economy and the environment is a win-win,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “These funds will not only help our economic recovery, but they will help provide safe, clean drinking water for communities throughout Texas.”

The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water. An unprecedented $2 billion dollars will be awarded to fund drinking water infrastructure projects across the country under the Recovery Act in the form of low-interest loans, principal forgiveness and grants. At least 20% of the funds provided under the Recovery Act are to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.

Aid to protect 'our' water is available, but no one speaks on behalf of the local federal tax paying community. The water availability thingy must not be all that much of a big deal.

1 comment:

TC said...

You talk a lot about water and are probably concerned but I haven't heard you talk about the discharge of used water. That is the only concern I see. If we allow contamination we won't have any water we can use. Lots of water but not a drop to drink?