The Land of a Thousand Lakes is Running Out of Water

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Last September FAIR released a report about escalating water shortages throughout the United States.  We pointed out that an inadequate supply of fresh water is not just a problem in the arid Southwest.  A recent article from the Star Tribune in Minnesota illustrates this phenomenon.

…[M]any regions in the state have reached the point where people are using water — and then sending it downstream — faster than the rain and snow can replenish it.

Last year, Minnesotans used a record amount of water, fueling a rising number of conflicts…Now state regulators, who have never said no to a water permit, for the first time are planning to experiment with more stringent rules that will require some
local communities to allocate scarce water.

“It’s scary,” said Dennis Healy, who runs the Pipestone Rural Water System in southwest Minnesota. “The time is coming that there is going to have to be some rationing.”

Ensuring that we protect and preserve our natural resources is one of the reasons why the United States needs to reduce immigration. Many Americans fail to realize the stress that rapid population growth is placing on our nation’s water supply system. Journalist Josephine Marcotty explains well how the problem has arisen in eastern Minnesota:

The most visible example [of water depletion]is White Bear Lake. Since 1980, nearby communities have more than doubled the volume of water they pump from the Prairie du Chien aquifer they share with the lake, primarily because of higher residential demand. Now, the lake drops even during wet periods.

Once neighbors use that water — for showers, cooking, watering lawns — it becomes wastewater and is sent to the Pig’s Eye treatment plant near St. Paul, where it is cleaned and released into the Mississippi River — short-circuiting the natural system that keeps water in the lake. The U.S. Geological Survey found recently that it would take annual rainfall that is 4 inches above normal just to keep White Bear Lake where it is now.

It is inevitable that the United States will face up to this crisis at some point, but our national “leaders” steadfastly refuse to even talk about resource depletion. You would think that even politicians could figure out that water is kind of important for the economy. Maybe they’ll just bring in more H-1B workers to help out with thirst management.

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  1. avatar
    John WInthrop on

    THE FACT is that we are headed to a Warm Climate issue worldwide and studies have shown the population will migration outwards from the mid section of the US to North and South….if this happens and once it happens nothing else matters…………………………………………………..

    People will move accordingly and those illegally/legally that can go to a better place overseas will leave….the point here is that everything else will move around this issue……………………remember CHINA is as big as the US with nearly 4 times our present population……………………………….so we have hope.

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      And China has a severe shortage of clean water, and severe water pollution problems.

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    John Winthrop on

    With or without immigration this is a fact. The mid section of the US as Climate changes happen and gets hotter all population will migrated to the north side etc etc………………..

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      John, You Omit Overpopulation in MN

      The open border types think all that open farm land needs houses and more people….where’s the water to harvest food in America’s bread basket doing that INSANE THING?

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        He’s reading an article about water shortages already existing in Minnesota, and suggesting it’s no problem if more people move there? That’s logic for you.

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    Every time someone makes the conncection between water shortage the need to reduce immigration, someone else says, “It’s all the rich people who are to blame, with their swimming pools and lush lawns and golf courses that need a lot of watering.” A panelist on To the Contrary, was the most recent. She jumped in with that almost before the person who had brought up the mass-immigration-water-shortage connection could finish speaking.

    HOW DO YOU REPLY TO PEOPLE WHO ONLY BLAME THE RICH?

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    Concerned Citizen on

    More evidence that mass immigration ideology flies in the face of nature and common sense.

  5. avatar

    I’ve seen so called “solutions” to our water shortages, but the fact is they are very expensive. Some say the solution to water shortages in the western part of the country is a pipeline from the Great Lakes. Ignoring that the Great Lakes are at record lows, it would still cost a tremendous amount of money to pump water that far, particularly over the Rocky mountains.

    Others say desalinization of ocean water is the answer. But that’s just near the coasts and it is also a very expensive process. Atlanta is in a big court fight with Florida and Alabama over water that was supposed to supply rivers in those two states, and Atlanta is taking too much water from a reservoir.

    And this is while our population is 315 million. But we have been increasing by almost 30 million per decade and if our present high levels increase even more, due to immigration “reform”, that pace will increase. We are already looking at 425 million well before 2050.

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      Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

      It’s like those who say that we can theoretically survive (barely) with a population of x–as if we should just head straight to the breaking point and deal with it then. Nuts.