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22 August 2010 at 3:26:18 PM

During the summer months as you travel thru Glen Rose and the surrounding area you tend to notice things.  Such as the Bluebonnets, paintbrushes, indian blankets and the other wild flowers.  You notice the trees that are growing and putting on nuts and housing all the pesky squirrels.  And then as you travel along you notice the still waters of the Paluxy River, on 144 S.  They are shallow, green, slimmy, univiting, and not going anywhere.  Then you think, well, there hasn't been alot of rain, it's been really hot and then you remember the dam.  Oh how could you forget that.  The water is not free flowing as it once was before the dam.  I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but did they not realize that it would stop the flow of water along the Paluxy river.  I thought the Paluxy was one of the few free flowing rivers in Texas.  Now it's not going anywhere.  The only time is does is when it rains enough to cause the river to rise.  Yes, I realize I don't have to look at it but it's nature at it's best. But, now I wonder about the bacteria that's been there before and what new bacteria can come out of the water that just sits and stays where it is.

I read an article in Texas Parks and Wildlife that on some lakes they are having to go in and kill out vegetation that multiplys on top of the water and eventually kills out everything by taking all the oxygen out of the water.


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1 - humanbeing   22 Aug 2010 @ 10:03:59 PM 

I never was enthusiastic about the Wheeler Branch Project that siphons water from the Paluxy for its reservoir as the solution to our future water needs in this county. Frankly, I don't think this solution will be adequate, particularly since after the city gets its share, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is second in line, before those of us who live in the county. And what if we go into a drought?

We Texans refuse to seriously educate ourselves about water and the future. We never talk about it because we're used to having as much as we want, no matter how extravagant our usage and we seem to insist on pretending we don't have to face reality. We can't seem to equate population growth (birth control) and development with the fact that our resources are finite. This is what I call the Myth of More. We will regret this someday, very soon, perhaps.

An excellent article from Texas Observer by Joe Nick Patoski on water in Texas: http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/playing-by-the-rule

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2 - pharper   22 Aug 2010 @ 10:28:41 PM 

they have blown up at least 2 prior damns on the Paluxy, it might be time to do a third.

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3 - alsoanon   28 Aug 2010 @ 6:51:41 PM 

where would you have us get the water from, if not the Paluxy?  There are only so many places from which to obtain water in Somervell County. Are you content to continue to draw from the underground aquifers? With the continued growth in this County, we won't always be able to rely on underground water to supply our needs.  When the Paluxy is not flowing, we are restricted from drawing water up to the reservoir. It has to be flowing at a specific rate before we can pump the water up. Wheeler Branch was planned and designed to provide all the needs of the surrounding County for the next 50 years. I agree, that if we continue to grow at the astronomical rate of the last 8 years, then we may have to find another cource as well within the next 25 to 40 years.  Our choices may be to buy it from somewhere else and pipe it in, a very pricy undertaking, or buy it from Lake Granbury. Lake G is very salty and will also be very expensive to process.

4 - humanbeing   28 Aug 2010 @ 10:23:04 PM 

First of all, alsoanon, we have to get serious about conservation. Real serious. This means changing the way we live. Unfortunately, Americans don't like to think this way and we sure don't want to talk about it. We're used to being extravagant. But the days where any person can use as much natural resources as he or she wants are over.

The basic reality when discussing conservation of finite resources must also include discussion of population control. The earth simply cannot sustain unlimited population growth. This isn't about ideology, religion or culture, it's just a fact of life. We are delusional if we believe otherwise.

Every well should be metered by the local water district and strictly regulated. Those with extravagant habits and those who refuse to conserve should be fined accordingly. Rain catchment is one of the best solutions anyone can add to their homestead. Start now. Our Master Gardeners here in the county would love to help you. There's lots of information on the internet. Start small if that's all you can do but start now. You'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

I don't know where we will get the water. The growth predictions for Texas sound like a nightmare to me. We're in trouble, folks. We've got to wake up and start using our brains and ingenuity. The party really is over.

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