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  •  Water allocation in west will require feds: (16+ / 0-)

    I wrote a diary last week on the basic tenets of state and federal water law in the West (can't link, sorry).  The west certainly DOES have water quality issues but with less standing water and less industry the water quality issues take runner up to water allocation issues.

    I intend to write a diary soon on the need for far more federal intervention with respect to water law.  

    As with EVERYTHING - when left to the state's the water allocation process appallingly favors consolidation in big business (United Water, power companies) and sustainable water levels as well as quality fall.  With droughts a near certainty in the future, water as a commodity (expensive) will become a certainty.  

    It will happen to some extent but it can be alleviated by the federal government aggressively asserting its federal water rights, long ignored, in order to keep water in stream to supply municipalities, fill downstream rights in other states, keep forests healthy and have SOME modicum of recreational and healthy river usage.

    The western native American tribes' water rights (which are HUGE) often coincide with in-stream, environmentally favorable positions, though they should have some right to sell their water like anyone else when needed by the tribes' financially.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:04:43 AM PST

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