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A Pre-Holiday News & Opinion Roundup

December 22, 2009

A Journal-Constitution Saturday house editorial pretty well sums up the even-keeled, generally warm feelings pervading the tri-state water war and associated issues as we head into the holidays.

The AJC column is complimentary of Gov. Perdue’s Water Contingency Task Force – since that group seems to have come back down to Earth after its third and final meeting – but, note that the paper gets behind the most common-sense and cost-effective options among the many that the task force discussed.

On the other hand, in a same-day AJC op-ed, the task force co-chairs remind us – in effect – that every idea considered by their group was put on paper for a reason: “… the work of the task force has identified many options that may well be necessary as we plan for future growth,” John Brock and Tim Lowe write.

That sentiment would seem to be what spurred Coosa Riverkeeper Joe Cook in his Sunday op-ed for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. Cook, who’s glad for the task force’s relatively newfound appreciation for conservation,  calls for continued vigilance in case some of its dicier propositions creep back closer to reality. High on Cook’s watchlist are interbasin transfers (or IBTs) – hence his throwing in a link to the new petition-focused website at www.nowatergrabs.com.

And sure enough, as though to confirm Cook’s wariness, GPB reports today that Gov. Perdue is messaging very clearly his own opinion that IBTs are still very much on the table.

Lastly, keep an eye out for news on the final recommendations from the contingency task force – we expect them between now and Christmas, most likely.

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