I read in the Aug. 15 edition of the Beeville paper that our water resources are diminishing daily with no apparent relief in sight. I believe that is time to do something about it.
When the Nueces River was impounded in the 1940s to create Lake Corpus Christi, the population in this area wasn’t nearly the number of people and businesses that it is today. Since then, the layers of silt have accumulated over the years at the bottom of the lake and lessened its capacity also. Then, along comes Choke Canyon and the Lake Texana pipeline – a pair of projects that were designed to ensure that there was sufficient water for Corpus Christi.
As of Aug. 15, Lake Corpus Christi sits at 17%, Choke Canyon sits at 54% and Texana sits at 95%. The release of water from Choke Canyon is a tough decision to make because of its place as a huge recreational facility, and there would probably be political and financial pressure not to release. Some old-timers say not to worry, because we will get a hurricane or tropical storm to fill up the lake. I have been in this area for 31 years, and this is the lowest I have ever seen Lake Corpus Christi. Let’s quit talking about the weather and do something about it.
My point is this. Desalination is the way to go. There is a limitless supply of water less than 100 miles away, which could be desalinated to maintain a more acceptable lake level for this area. The U.S. military has been doing it for years, and it works. The only problem with this is that it costs money, and when you mention spending a large amount of money on something, people tend to get really nervous.
There is one more alternative to our water situation. We could buy tankers loaded up with water from China. Why not? We get everything else from there.
Desalination. Think about it.
David J. Brownell, Beeville