Not a Drop To Drink

Georgia officials have sounded the warning bell. Forget about drought… Georgia is about run out of water. The hardest hit area is the northern third of Georgia. That includes the 5 million folks living in and around Atlanta. But for now, the federally protected mussles in Alabama and Florida are covered. The federal government still requires that Georgia continue draining its reservoirs into streams that feed the little bivalves. Georgia governor, Sonny Perdue has asked for exemption during this declared emergency, but it would appear that nothing has happened, yet. When millions of people cannot get a drink of water, when their toilets will not flush, when their power generation plants cannot get enough water to cool… then there will be chaos and finger pointing (Bush will certainly be blamed). Yep, sacrificing humanity so that a protected species may thrive, only in America.

Spicy Steamed Mussels

5 pounds mussels (preferably from Alabama or Florida)
3 limes
a 1 3 1/2-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh cilantro sprigs

Scrub mussels well and remove beards. Squeeze enough juice from limes to measure 1/3 cup. In an 8-quart kettle boil lime juice, coconut milk, wine, curry paste, garlic, fish sauce, and sugar over high heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add mussels, tossing to combine. Cook mussels, covered, stirring occasionally, until opened, about 5 to 8 minutes. (Discard any unopened mussels.) Chop cilantro and toss with mussels.

Serve mussels with lime wedges.


6 Responses to “Not a Drop To Drink”

  1. October 20, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Umm, nice selective spin there. The story is really about what a useless waste of space Sonny Perdue is. Perdue is a grandstanding, delusional, flag-waving mouth-breather.

    Perdue said the state has not yet formed a contingency plan in case the reservoirs run dry. “The backup plan is to conserve and use our water wisely,” he said.

    “This is not something we can conserve our way out of,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

    Georgia has seen this coming for a long time, but nothing, absolutely nothing has been done to stem it or prepare for it, and now the morons are trying to make it everybody’s fault but theirs.

    They haven’t even required any real water rationing in the Lanier service area. Only in the last week have they moved from 3 day a week yard watering to no lawn watering. Of course, as always, businesses are exempt from any restrictions at all. Fuck the mussels, how about no drinking water but lots of well-watered non-indigenous landscape plant at your nearest no-local-tax-paying big box.

    Fuck Sonny Perdue, the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources and all those who are stupid enough to defend them.

  2. October 20, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Of course, even if it wasn’t about Perdue’s stupidity, I wonder if it has to do with Alabama adding new complaints to the 17 year old lawsuit battle between AL, GA, FL and the Army Corp of Engineers one day prior? Sounds like politics as usual to me…

  3. October 22, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Yes, a selective spin. But one that was designed to point out just one part of a whole string of stupidity. Something as bad as this situation does not come about as the result of just one inane act. It’s a confluence of events. Stupid leadership, stupid regulations, stupid planning, unchecked growth, bad weather, and more. This is a really stupid situation that could have possibly been avoided (I dunno, that may be putting to much faith in any government’s ability to be effective). But I do know that it is a big deal. And a deal that will not be easily solved. Perdue or otherwise.

  4. 4 Me
    October 22, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    As a resident of Georgia living in the afflicted area I can tell you that the troubles that we are dealing with cannot be laid solely at the feet of Sonny Perdue any more than his predecessors and the entire Georgia legislature both Republican (recently) and Democratic (for generations). The problem has been a record drought, unbridled growth, and some major screw-ups by the Army Corp. A faulty depth gauge started this whole thing off, along with the drought, and the Corps is required to release an inordinate amount of water thanks to the Endangered Species Act. On top of mistakenly releasing billions of gallons earlier this year the Corp is currently releasing twice the replenishment rate of the lake. Mother nature would have left the mussels high and dry and, it has never been proven that the mussels even need the rate of water that has been released. The Corp has admitted that current release rates are rather arbitrary.

    We have been under strict water conservation measures for months but the good citizens of Alabama and Florida have used water without concern or savings measures and continue to do so. Governor Perdue went to the Corp and begged for assistance and was rebuked. His filing suit and asking for Federal relief was a last resort and appropriate action. The water litigation with Florida and Alabama has been ongoing for years and the situation that Georgia now faces was the exact basis for the state’s position.

    And by the way, most of my palm trees are non-indigenous and are quite drought resistant. Xeroscaping is quite common in this area.

    The problem is a combination of the following (in no particular order):
    1. Poor planning on the part of Georgia Government for decades.
    2. Poor planning on the part of Alabama Government for decades.
    3. Poor planning on the part of Florida Government for decades.
    4. A record catastrophic drought.
    6. Failure of Alabama residents to conserve.
    6. Failure of Florida residents to conserve.
    7. The negligent release of billions of gallons by the Corps (due to a faulty gauge) despite repeated warnings from local and state officials that there was a problem.
    8. The Corp’s release of twice the replenishment rate of the lake in response to the Endangered Species Act.
    9. The incredible growth rate of the Metro Atlanta area.


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