I don’t know if the best things really come in small packages or not, but some of the slipperiest with the potential for the most mischief certainly do, case in point…the Jollyville Plateau salamander which has the potential to literally stop the building of a $500,000,000 water treatment plant in Austin, Texas, thus killing jobs as well as needed resources for the humans in the mix.
The usual environmental groups pan to sue the federal government to have the two-inch salamander placed on the endangered list. Of course, if the groups are successful, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have no choice but to stop construction of the plant.
I think we all realize that Texas has had tremendous growth in population and people continue to locate here, making water a prime resource for a state that continues to struggle with severe drought. What everyone may not realize is that predictions are that Texas will see an influx of over 3,000,000 new residents enter its borders in the next few years.
I suppose I may be missing something here, and I encourage you to do your own reading on this issue and not just settle for my very condensed version of what has been a long struggle with these groups. However, I would also encourage you to ask yourself just when it is that we stop and consider people…you know those two-legged creatures who make this world go round…
(Photo by Mark Sanders) The links below are a good beginning place if you have not been following this issue. I think you will also get an idea of just how different the viewpoints are on the issue.