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S.C. attorney general says N.C. water plan violates Constitution
AP ^ | 03/28/07 | SEANNA ADCOX

Posted on 03/29/2007 7:38:39 AM PDT by 300magnum

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina will sue to block a plan to let two North Carolina towns take water from the Catawba River, Attorney General Henry McMaster said Wednesday. McMaster said the neighboring state should have consulted with South Carolina about the approved water transfer, which would permanently take water out of a river that supplies water for drinking, electricity, industry and recreation.

"Rivers affect people's lives more than anything else except the air we breathe," the attorney general said.

He said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, which will argue North Carolina's approval process for water transfers violates the U.S. Constitution because one state's decision can't directly affect another state. McMaster hopes not only to stop this inter-basin transfer but wants future requests to involve input from communities downstream in South Carolina.

Too many inter-basin withdrawals can destroy a river, McMaster said.

"The mighty Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon disappears as a river before reaching the Gulf of Mexico because of the abundance of withdrawals," he said.

McMaster hopes a decision by the nation's high court would cause North Carolina to enter into an interstate compact with South Carolina, which would require approval of both legislatures and Congress.

A spokeswoman for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said she could not comment on a lawsuit not yet filed.

In January, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission decided to allow Concord and Kannapolis, N.C., to transfer up to 10 million gallons of water daily from the river. The two cities were also allowed to take the same amount from the Yadkin River.

McMaster spoke Wednesday in support of the Southern Environmental Law Center, which is appealing the decision on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper. The environmental group announced the appeal at a boat landing beside the Buster Boyd Bridge that connects North Carolina and South Carolina across Lake Wylie.

"Water is life to a river, and a river is life to our communities," said Donna Lisenby, executive director of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Catawba Riverkeeper.

A separate appeal was filed Monday by a coalition of eight cities and seven counties along the Catawba River, including York County, S.C., which has pledged up to $300,000 toward the case.

The appeals will likely be combined before an administrative law judge, said attorney Charles Case, who is representing the municipalities.

York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz said the withdrawal will have a "dramatic impact on the ability of our county to grow and its citizens to have adequate and clean water."

Annette Privette, spokeswoman for Concord and Kannapolis, said the cities, which provide water regionally, have an obligation to supply water to its residents and customers.

She said research has shown the transfer will take out less than 1 percent of all the water that flows in the Catawba River. She also called South Carolina officials hypocritical for arguing the need to conserve water while also encouraging growth.

She does not know when the North Carolina cities will start drawing the water. "It will be a gradual buildup over time as we need it," Privette said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: South Carolina
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1 posted on 03/29/2007 7:38:41 AM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum

When communities have to argue about water, there are too many people in the community. They shouldn't have to worry about it. In California, there may be some big fights over water next year. The snow cap is only 38% of normal this year. If the state doesn't get large snow falls or heavy rains next year, it may be a big problem for the state. To many people in the state using up too many resources.


2 posted on 03/29/2007 7:44:06 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Constitution Day; Alia

Carolina ping.


3 posted on 03/29/2007 7:46:07 AM PDT by Famishus (North of the equator, the Death Spiral is clockwise.)
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To: 300magnum
"The mighty Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon disappears as a river before reaching the Gulf of Mexico because of the abundance of withdrawals," he said.

That's precious! I hope he didn't really say that.

4 posted on 03/29/2007 7:46:09 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: 300magnum
"The mighty Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon disappears as a river before reaching the Gulf of Mexico because of the abundance of withdrawals," he said.

Back to geography class for you! The Colorado drains into the Gulf of California.

5 posted on 03/29/2007 7:46:42 AM PDT by PogySailor (Media bias? What media bias)
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To: Famishus

I will ping the list, but I am the only one doing the NC pings now. Thanks!


6 posted on 03/29/2007 7:47:15 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: 300magnum; TaxRelief; Alia; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; A2J; a4drvr; Adder; ...

NC *Ping*

Please FRmail Constitution Day if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
7 posted on 03/29/2007 7:48:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: RC2
I totally agree with you.

Southern Colorado has been having water wars with Denver and surrounding suburbs for years.

The population up there is exploding, but there hasn't been enough water for years.

8 posted on 03/29/2007 7:48:23 AM PDT by moondoggie
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To: eyedigress; PogySailor
"The mighty Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon disappears as a river before reaching the Gulf of Mexico because of the abundance of withdrawals," he said. That's precious! I hope he didn't really say that.

Well, the other side of Mexico. ;-)

9 posted on 03/29/2007 7:55:25 AM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: upchuck

Ping!


10 posted on 03/29/2007 7:56:31 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: PogySailor
Back to geography class for you! The Colorado drains into the Gulf of California.

Let's go ahead and throw in Rehab for good measure!

11 posted on 03/29/2007 8:03:22 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: 300magnum
Damn! 'sand-lappers', the head waters for the Catawba River are all in NC. The Catawba River's water belongs to NC UNTIL the flow reaches SC then SC can all they want. Get over it:-()
12 posted on 03/29/2007 9:00:53 AM PDT by geo40xyz (212->218 democRAT's 'OWN DEFEAT' and blood of American soldiers in Iraq will be on their hands)
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To: geo40xyz

I looked at the Catawba last month when I was in SC. It was kind of filthy and scummy. It looked as though chemical plants are close to it. I would not allow my dog in it to fetch a stick.


13 posted on 03/29/2007 9:12:12 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: 300magnum

What if we give it back to SC in the form of treated wastewater?


14 posted on 03/29/2007 9:13:42 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (A day in the country is better than a week in town.)
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To: oldironsides
The head-waters are all in 'red clay' based soil, thus the muddy look. I have never seen a analysis of the water, but cities are pumping water out:-()
15 posted on 03/29/2007 9:15:32 AM PDT by geo40xyz (212->218 democRAT's 'OWN DEFEAT' and blood of American soldiers in Iraq will be on their hands)
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To: SE Mom; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; ...
Thanks for the ping.

South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.

16 posted on 03/29/2007 9:16:25 AM PDT by upchuck (A living, breathing example of the Peter Principle. Oh, forgetful, too :)
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To: eyedigress
That's precious! I hope he didn't really say that.

LOL...somebody needs to look at a map.

Gulf of California

17 posted on 03/29/2007 9:16:28 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets (and, yes, sometimes Jets) fan.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

You already do.


18 posted on 03/29/2007 9:28:56 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: geo40xyz
Damn! 'sand-lappers', the head waters for the Catawba River are all in NC. The Catawba River's water belongs to NC UNTIL the flow reaches SC then SC can all they want. Get over it:-()

Careful there, Tarheel. Just because you are upstream from S.C., you are downstream from Tennesee and Virginia. What if Virginia or Tenn. started pumping out millions of gallons a day, would N.C. stand still for that?

19 posted on 03/29/2007 10:30:07 AM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: 300magnum
Missed 5th grade didn't you:-)
Tennessee is downstream. Virginia is already pumping millions from Gaston Lake due to its head waters beginning in Va. Some attempt to stop Va from pumping but NC arguments did not win...
20 posted on 03/29/2007 10:48:24 AM PDT by geo40xyz (212->218 democRAT's 'OWN DEFEAT' and blood of American soldiers in Iraq will be on their hands)
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To: geo40xyz
Missed 5th grade didn't you:-) Tennessee is downstream. Virginia is already pumping millions from Gaston Lake due to its head waters beginning in Va. Some attempt to stop Va from pumping but NC arguments did not win...

What city in Va. is this pipeline going to from Gaston Lake? I can't seem to be able to find it.

21 posted on 03/29/2007 11:49:47 AM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: 300magnum
Check "requests" from Norfolk, Virginia Beach (and maybe Sufolk) and Chesapeake. They were the ones years ago that made the requests.

HOWEVER, I do not know whether or not it was ever built.

22 posted on 03/29/2007 11:53:39 AM PDT by Freeper (I was culture in the 60's and now with Clinton "running things" I am suddenly Counter-Culture.)
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To: 300magnum

Virginia Beach


23 posted on 03/29/2007 12:01:33 PM PDT by geo40xyz (212->218 democRAT's 'OWN DEFEAT' and blood of American soldiers in Iraq will be on their hands)
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To: geo40xyz

Thanks.


24 posted on 03/29/2007 12:21:13 PM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: Constitution Day
Shades of the water fights between Fayetteville and the water grubbers up in Cary, Raleigh, et al.

In that case it was pulling water from the Cape Fear, treating, using and retreating it but then dumping it in another river.
25 posted on 03/29/2007 12:54:14 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: RC2
In California, there may be some big fights over water next year.

As long as there are a Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, and Idaho, Californicators can continue to wash cars & water lawns in peace.

26 posted on 03/29/2007 6:09:35 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: 300magnum

Payday's still on Friday, too.


27 posted on 03/29/2007 6:17:08 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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