Variances to dock construction are being considered. Everyone wants to buy some land, then make money off it by ‘developing’ it.
Land and lakes can’t be developed. They’re already developed by nature. We can only change them, almost never for the better.
“Sustainable development” is the prize oxymoron of my lifetime, exceeding the “Trees — our renewable resource” joke of a few decades ago by the forestry people.
We allow others to destroy what is there for all of us. Some of us have accepted the idea of benefit for a few, at the expense of many, the key ideas of capitalism and big business.
We confuse the idea of conservation. We talk about and desire to protect a lake, but what we really do is protect a water.
To see a lake, go to the Boundary Waters and look around.
To see a water, go to Minnetonka or Gull. Neither one of them is a lake anymore. They are only water.
Minnetonka was a spirit to the Dakota. To them, it was like Jerusalem, or Bethlehem’s manger to a Christian. It was one of the last things the Dakota were able to hide from the white man. They never told us it was there. They knew. They knew what we’d do.
Minnetonka and Gull are just giant bathtubs now. We race around them, like crazy people, in our rubber duckies.
All we’re managed to do in terms of conservation and preservation is to stop the ring from forming around the edge of the tub.