why isn't the pump running all the time?
February 20, 2005 at 8:40pm
We are supposedly in crisis mode in our state due to subsidence and coastal land erosion. We are begging endlessly for the federal gov't to take us seriously and give money for programs to combat these problems. I certainly hope they do, but so far they have not and I can see why when I look at it from their assumed point of view. We have very expensive programs in place already which we are not using enough! Why should they give us more money for new projects? Davis Pond and Caernarvon should be at max capacity always unless there is critical reasons not to. And those good reasons do not include the whining oyster fishermen and other commercial fishermen. You can't have it both ways in the short term. You either pump as much freshwater as possible and build for the long-term sacrificing some commercial fishing grounds, or pump only what doesn't harm the commercial fisheries. If you only pump that small amount then you have no basis for complaining and asking for more money for another underused project. Nobody wants to step up and just say what needs to be said, but we need more people to consider this stuff. This kind of behavior is typical of how we have gotten the miserable reputation we have around the country. My old civics teacher in high school used to say 'you can't help those who don't help themselves' and Ms. Torregano was exactly right. If we don't run the pumps for maximum effect, we don't deserve any further help. Small town politics and the lobby of the commercial fishermen have overcome the greater good. Until this is resolved, we'll continue to move backwards.
I can hear the hate mail from commercial fishing interests being typed already. But thats ok because there needs to be intelligent discussion on this matter. Lets get the data out there, discuss it and make decisions. Get the political muscle in motion to make the gutsy calls. Lets see if this can get something started. Bring it on, baby!