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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 03:41 PM
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Wall of saltwater snaking up South Florida’s coast
Posted on Saturday, 09.03.11
Wall of saltwater snaking up South Florida’s coast
Saltwater intrusion is an issue along South Florida’s coast — and it’s moving west

By Marina Giovannelli
mgiovannelli@MiamiHerald.com

South Florida’s lakes, marshes and rivers pump fresh, crystal clear water across the state like veins carry blood through the body. But cities along South Florida’s coast are running out of water as drinking wells are taken over by the sea.

Hallandale Beach has abandoned six of its eight drinking water wells because saltwater has advanced underground across two-thirds of the city.

“The saltwater line is moving west and there’s very little that can be done about it,” said Keith London, a city commissioner for Hallandale Beach, who has worked on water conservation and reuse for the last decade.

A wall of saltwater is inching inland into the Biscayne Aquifer — the primary source of drinking water for 4.5 million people in South Florida.

More:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/03/2389477/wall-of-s...
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SavWriter Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 03:44 PM
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1. The Repugniks will yawn and tell the people
to buy bottled water for drinking. Or they'll just tell the people that they should get used to drinking the salt water. Fish do it right?
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brooklyn297 Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 11:10 PM
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10. +1
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Sancho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 03:47 PM
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2. Didn't you see that Gov. Scott took over water management?
It was in the St. Pete Times yesterday...It's gonna cost you fo sho!!!

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 03:59 PM
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3. wow... missed that...
got a link?
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Ship of Fools Donating Member (899 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 04:07 PM
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4. ...and then the Water Wars began...
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 04:32 PM
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7. This was my first thought.
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GreydeeThos Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 04:14 PM
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5. Homeowners want a green lawn
The wells are pumping water that should be used for drinking on to grass in housing developments so people's front yards look good.
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Ineeda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 04:23 PM
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6. And a brazillion golf courses. n/t
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 02:40 PM
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8. And acres & acres of lawn in "business" parks.
I've only ever seen the workers that maintain those lawns, on those lawns. :eyes: :crazy:
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 09:43 PM
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9. This is straight up overconsumption reversing the flow of water filling the aquifers, yes?
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 03:26 AM
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11. Yes.
Overconsumption that is driven not even by simply having too many
thirsty mouths in an area but primarily by vanity & greed (as noted
in the previous replies).
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 08:22 AM
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12. Give the ocean a TAX CUT!
There, that was easy, wasn't it?
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