Sunday, January 6, 2008

Water woes (and other regional problems)

I live near Raleigh, NC and there are some serious water woes in the area. The Triangle is a great place to live but, like anywhere, it has it's strengths and weakness. Regional planning is one of the area's weakness and right now, water tops my list.

Raleigh has just over 90 days of water in its reservoir, Falls Lake, and Durham has gone to a backup reservoir. River flows have been changed and other measures are being taken. Raleigh provides water to Garner and Rolesville and sells water to Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

This has lead to talk of other areas in the region -- Jordan Lake with serves Cary and Apex as well as Morrisville, RDU and southern RTP -- sending water to Raleigh. I live in that area. Of course I'm happy to share water with our neighbors. What mean-spirited person wouldn't share water, for goodness sake?!

I do have some issues with the way that region has managed growth. Why are they still approving new houses when they have no water?

Then there is the issue that some parts of the region have benefited more than others. Raleigh and points north have a new freeway. The part that will come to the very region that they want water from, is slated to be a toll road, not a freeway. If they insist on building the road, it should be equal for all -- not a toll road in part of the region and freeway in the others.

Regional planning is needed for and not just for water but also transportation, parks, education... I hope that this is temporary growing pains and not a personality defect.

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