Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Local Issues--Water

The state of our water is of extreme importance worldwide.

Okay, that sounded like the beginning of an academic term paper or an exam essay. Sorry.

The issue around here is the Catawba River. It serves as the main water source for communities and cities from Marion, past Charlotte, and into South Carolina. Now, Concord and Kannapolis want to draw from the Catawba for their expanding needs. The mayor of Concord was a high school friend and classmate, so I don't want to disparage him or his community.

BUT, I want them to keep their paws off our watershed. We have lost a lot of industrial jobs here in Caldwell County, and we need for new industry to come in. That new industry just might need some of that water. If Concord and Kannapolis get it, it won't be here for use by that new industry.

Besides, they are close enough to the Yadkin-Pee Dee basin to draw water from there. As one letter writer in the paper pointed out, there is a lower percentage of potential water used from that source, and more water available.

The meeting at Valdese lasted five hours last night with most of the crowd opposed. There'll be another soon in the Charlotte area. I intend to get my comments to the N. C. Division of Water Resources before the deadline.


Blogger Bob said...

Hey, Tom. First-time visitor to your blog (through link at Greenwald) and wanted to say hello. I've explored here a bit and like what I've seen through a brief tour. I was impressed with "On Bigotry" and feel that anyone so eager to travel the road you describe ("I want to learn and grow more") probably finds their way, probably sooner than later.

My brother lives in Hickory and calls GF "Granite." I am 66, retired in GA and spend way too much time reading blogs. I will visit again!

September 8, 2006 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Welcome any time. We call it "Granite," too. However I must confess I actually live in Sawmills. It's a much larger town, but it's a much newer town, so we don't have our own Post Office. So I'm on the side of town that uses Granite's Post Office and phone.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I look forward to reading more comments.

September 13, 2006 at 7:15 PM  

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