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E-M:/ New Michigan water export threat

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

Everyone in this exchange so far has had a good point to make. There's just one word that hasn't been uttered: "ownership."

There is no disagreement among conservationists or the public that impacts of water use on groundwater, springs, rivers and lakes must be prevented or limited by law. Presumably such a law would govern the Minute Maid project that Gary Stock mentioned in his post.

A second layer of public protection is also needed. When water itself -- not water in juice or potatoes -- is the product, legislators, acting as trustees of publicly owned water resources, need to reassert that public ownership by statute and require those who would take water and sell it for private profit to be licensed by the state. If not, some water takers may attempt to portray their action as a property right and/or they may assert that they own water -- which nobody but the public should ever own.

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