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Watering the thought of sustainability

When is a super dam a good idea, tell us the ways…

1. Are we really talking climate change, like we know what it means?

2. Are we talking revolutionary change in agricultural production necessitated by climate change?

3. Why are we talking loss of native snow tussock country?

4. Why should we seek the imperative to modify the natural landscape in ways that might support the adoption of further non organic, intensive farming practices?

So many questions. So many ecological habitats and microsystems destroyed. How much water do we actually need for the future? They say water is the new gold. It might be, but what is ‘future planning’ and who should be doing it?

So many questions for those who would promote a super dam to the detriment of all else, if they don’t have the whole picture.

So many questions for those who see a business in selling water.

That’s ok you lot…we don’t have the whole picture yet, either. We’ll start to bring that picture to you, Mr Mackie, Cr Wilson and Cr Noone.

DCC first stuck this little glory piece into Thursday’s The Star, community newspaper – like we wouldn’t notice. Or perhaps we were supposed to notice more…

Here come the debates and ructions about what we should be doing to maintain water supply, the compulsion to irrigate, leach and wreck more of New Zealand’s hill country (for yachting, jetboating and float planes???) by not occupying a small ecological footprint.

The Lammerlaws are somewhere behind us where we can’t see them, let’s exploit the gap between metropolitan and academic sensitivities and those ‘in charge’ of the great outdoors. Hey. Just FLOOD IT, folks. What was that about the RMA amendments.

How much water do we need to flush environmental, financial and cultural sustainability down the drain.


### ODT Online Fri, 25 Sep 2009
‘Super dam’ gains support
By Bruce Munro

New Zealand’s biggest dam could be built in the Lammerlaw Range, northwest of Dunedin. Dunedin City Council water and waste services manager John Mackie will be “strongly recommending” the city build a “super dam” when the draft 50-year Three Waters Strategy is released for public consultation in November.
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