New water deal seems out of this
Green Bay Press-Gazette
On Tuesday the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
announced that its rover Opportunity confirmed evidence
of water on Mars.
Too bad the water is still not there. The Central Brown
County Water Authority might have considered running a
pipeline to supply water to Green Bayís suburbs.
After all, last week the authority decided to buy water
from the city of Manitowoc.
While not as distant as the fourth rock from the sun,
Manitowoc is far enough away to make you wonder if authority
members were spaced out when they made this decision.
Beyond our grasp
Providing for the future water needs of Green Bay and
its surrounding communities is complicated.
Brown County residents have been reminded time and again
that understanding all the nuances of water deals is light
years beyond the grasp of most mere earthlings.
Thatís why water authorities and commissions pay lawyers
Hmmm. Letís think about this for a moment.
Sometime in the future, Green Bay is going to need to
build another pipeline from Lake Michigan.
Meanwhile, the suburbs are going to need to get water
from Lake Michigan, too.
If two pipelines are built - one for Green Bay and one
for its neighbors - who stands to benefit?
You donít have to be a rocket scientist to figure out
itís the consultants and lawyers.
Whoís gonna gain
At the same time, who stands to gain if Green Bayís suburbs
buy their water from Manitowoc?
Well, thatís easy - ratepayers in Manitowoc.
Nothing against the city of Manitowoc. Itís a fine, hard-working
city with a lot of community pride. Indeed, youíve got
to take your hat off to officials there for seizing an
But donít places like Bellevue and Howard have more of
a vested interest in the well-being of Green Bay than
that of Manitowoc?
If, as a result of the suburbsí deal with Manitowoc,
the cost of water is higher in Green Bay than it would
have been with a Brown County solution, wonít that harm
the metro area in the long term?
The suburbs know that, of course. But the so-called water
talks between Green Bay and the suburbs have been so tainted
by personality-based politics that logic and reason have
long been adrift in zero gravity.
Forget "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.íí
Youíd think these authority and commission guys are from
two different solar systems.
It truly doesnít matter who is to fault for the fact
that the city and the suburbs have been so far apart for
so long when it comes to taking care of future water needs.
Thereís plenty of blame to go around.
The way things stand now, the best hope for residents
might come when the state Public Service Commission takes
a hard look at whatís happening here.
At some point, we need everyone involved to come back