Tuesday, July 18, 2006

JS speaks -- everyone else is wrong

A pack of of scientists have said for years that diverting water across the subcontinental divide would be a bad thing -- an ecological disaster for Lake Michigan and its dependent environments.

Wait. Hold on. Here comes the Waukesha Water Utility and today's Journal Sentinel. The JS wants those scientists to be wrong and implies strongly that they are, covering its journalistic butt with the qualifying dodges of "may" and "might."

The JS reports that two hydrologists say that the ecological damage to the region's deep aquifier could be repaired within 70 years if Waukesha pumps millions of gallons daily out of Lake Michigan instead of the aquifier, currently a major source of water for the city.

The paper opines in its news columns: "The hydrologists' report might also mean that it would be better for nature if Waukesha and surrounding municipalities draw water directly from Lake Michigan instead of continuing to use deep wells, causing ecological changes that would take generations to reverse completely."

As in, the damage done to Lake Michigan by diversions wouldn't be difficult to reverse? As in, the one potential result of re-filling the aquifier outweighs all the negative effects of draining the lake?

The paper also says that water in the aquifier isn't Lake Michigan water, never was Lake Michigan water, but was once upon a time headed for Lake Michigan.

Once I went to Minnesota. If I had kept going, I would have ended up in California. If I kept going further, I would have ended up where I started.

What a pointless point.

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