Come on ….  Think about it. Isn’t it common sense that, if water runs through your property, you should be able to use it for appropriate purposes? I can’t believe all the hoopla over the use of Lake Lanier’s water. Even before the lake was built in 1956 water from the Chattahoochee and Chestatee rivers was used by the people that inhabited the area around the river banks. It’s hard to imagine that Congress, when they originally set up the purposes for the lake, would want to exclude all of the municipalities that surround the lake, from using its water.  A recent article from the Gainesville Times (July 30, 2009) ran an opinion column by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (recently sent out by the 1071 Coalition Group to their membership). In the article, Cagle said “Georgia has a fundamental right to the water that originates from its rivers and rain.”

 

Again … think about it.  If you put a rain barrel under your roof gutters, doesn’t it make sense that you should be able to use the water that drains into it as you see fit. Let’s hope, if this challenge isn’t worked out shortly, that the 435 Congressmen that will vote on this use the same common sense. What do you think?

 

By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com sayjay@bellsouth.net , 770-757-2799.