Don't blame it on the rain

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 9:51 p.m.

Once again, the St. Johns Water Management District (SJWMD) wants the public to believe that a rainfall deficit is the only cause of these dry lake beds. Once again, The Sun publicized this without question, curiously under a Sun Topics editorial, Dec. 31.

You seem to imply that Keystone Heights residents have nerve to "complain for years" about the condition of lakes and to not be "mollified" by the unreasonable explanation offered. I'm surprised you didn't give us a Dart.

You state that "now comes an explanation from SJWMD," as if their rainfall idea is news when they've been saying this for years. To try and cloud the issue further, now Gainesville and Jacksonville are brought into this. What do those places have to do with this? If anything, I would think Keystone's own recent rainfall would be compared to its own historic rainfall totals.

A board appointed by the governor controls the Water Management District. They are mostly business people with ties to or whose sympathies lie with industry. I have no idea if The Sun has a dog in this fight or why you seem to think we need to be "mollified."

As for Keystone, we had a drought along with every place else from about 1999-2001. The people that have been around here for years and remember water up to their yards know these lakes have been steadily dropping for close to 20 years with a short rise in the mid-to-late 1990s; they just might not have thought about it.

How many years are the powers that be going to keep singing that old "it's simply the rain" song before they are willing to publicly consider other causes/solutions to this problem? This is our heritage here and we already have an entire generation that thinks the current situation is normal.

I am an ordinary citizen and not a hydrologist. Please, we need honest answers to this problem, and this issue deserves more inquisitive reporting from your paper.

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