Water Wars Out West: Keep What You Catch … by Jeff Brady … NPR …Morning Edition …June 1, 2009

Water Wars Out West: Keep What You Catch by Jeff Brady … NPR …Morning Edition …June 1, 2009 … The West remains one of the fastest growing regions of the country, and that continues to put pressure on scarce water supplies. So, Colorado recently made it legal for some homeowners to capture and collect the raindrops and snowflakes that fall on their own roofs. That had been considered stealing because the water would flow into a stream or aquifer, where it belonged to someone else; Utah and Washington State have similar bans. The change in Colorado may seem minor, but this could signal the beginning of a water-law revolution. Water law in the West is different than in the East. In the West, there’s essentially a long line for water rights; those who signed up for rights first are in front. And in some cases around the West, Native Americans are near the front of the line because they’ve lived there for so long.

 

The underlying fundament question is … is water solely a commodity or is it part of the commons…?

 

Through a Different Lens . . . When we choose to honestly endorse the following … “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …water will not longer be placed in the realm of a commodity and return to the realm it once occupied – “part of the commons.” 

 

Adhering to the philosophy that water is solely a commodity is standing on treacherous footing on a very slippery slope.  Allowing water to attain the economic status of the “holy grail” leads to devastating human lives solely for the financial enrichment of a select few.    This is the path America seems to be choosing to follow through trickery as those we elect to serve and to protect align and allow what is disclosed to us to be veiled, camouflaged having the validity of mere propaganda.  

 

 

 

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

 

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has."  … Margaret Mead

 

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

 

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

 

Respectfully submitted,

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