Water Wars East

We're used to water wars in the western U.S. The consequences of developing deserts. But now, we're starting to see water battles in the eastern U.S. that go beyond concerns over intermittent drought conditions (From AP):

North and central Florida aren't feeling very neighborly at the moment as they battle over water from the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers to meet central Florida's exploding population demands.

Central Florida plans to take millions of gallons of water a day out of the rivers, angering north Florida residents and officials who say that could cause grave environmental damage, particularly to the north-flowing St. Johns.

"It is madness. We do not believe there is surplus water in the river," said Neil Armingeon, a St. Johns riverkeeper. The position is a privately funded advocate for the river. "We are not going to stand by and let the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers be degraded."

North Florida cities such as Jacksonville, St. Johns County and a river advocacy group all say the plan would destroy the delicate balance of saltwater and freshwater needed to preserve critical biological habitat and submerged vegetation.

I'm tempted to blame Disney, but they ship in bottled water and charge visitors $4 a liter.

Mickey Mouse, DONALD DUCK, Mickey Mouse, DONALD DUCK...

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