The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 14, 2013

Irrigation less a concern than Jordan Sands

The Mankato Free Press

---- — I read with interest the Sept. 10 “Our View,” “Information Needed on Increases in Irrigation.”

When the residents of Lime Township were trying to get the public’s attention concerning the copious amounts of water usage being proposed by Jordan Sands, your editorial board was nonexistent. I guess good old Bob Coughlan gets a “Free Pass” from the Free Press.

Not that I am in favor of spraying millions of gallons of water into the air to enhance crop production (the most inefficient way to irrigate by the way), but I’m sure agriculture adds more to the Mankato economy than Jordan Sands ever will, while probably using less water as well. They will only be pumping water from the aquifer during dry spells and then only during the growing season, not 24/7/365 as Jordan Sands proposes. The Jordan Sands project also has a significant risk of contaminating our ground water in the process. How will we decide who gets to use our precious resource and who won’t?

Jim Vonderharr