Water Nowhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink

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Water Nowhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink

What one issue should the nation address in the next four years? Yahoo News asked Americans to pinpoint something that affects them or their communities -- alongside a photo that visualizes that issue.

COMMENTARY | "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink." That's from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798, described a salty sea. It's not much better for fresh water in America, as roughly half the states in America experienced drought.

In Georgia, our West Point Lake approaches the level of "dead pool." That's water for drinking, irrigation, and recreation, as the lake brings in tourism for boating and bass fishing. The community has petitioned the Army Corps of Engineers to changes its rules on water flow.

These policies are strangling the lake. Since the government built the lake and helped the LaGrange offset the losses that hit the textile mills, brought on by free trade policies and cheap foreign competition, it bears the responsibility for saving it.

President Obama recently said, "To even entertain the idea of the United States of America not paying our bills is irresponsible. It's absurd." Well, this is one of those bills the government is responsible for. The rules need to be changed to preserve it.

John A. Tures is an associate professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga.