Friday, April 03, 2009

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Every time it rains, it rains, pennies from heaven.
In Colorado it does. Apparently it's against the law there to collect rain water. Not satisfied with just selling water rights to water in rivers, streams and lakes, Colorado insists that the government owns the water that falls on your property. It should be allowed to fall to the ground and flow unimpeded into surrounding creeks and streams, the law states, to become the property of farmers, ranchers, developers and water agencies that have bought the rights to those waterways.

"If you try to collect rainwater, well, that water really belongs to someone else," said Doug Kemper, executive director of the Colorado Water Congress. "We get into a very detailed accounting on every little drop."

Frank Jaeger of the Parker Water and Sanitation District, on the arid foothills south of Denver, sees water harvesting as an insidious attempt to take water from entities that have paid dearly for the resource.

"Every drop of water that comes down keeps the ground wet and helps the flow of the river," Jaeger said. He scoffs at arguments that harvesters like Holstrom only take a few drops from rivers. "Everything always starts with one little bite at a time."

In other words, we can't keep track of millions of illegal aliens but we can track every drop of water.
Is it time for revolution yet?

1 comment:

Robin said...