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  •  Reading this I can see a nasty consequence (12+ / 0-)

    of water law -- international water rights. Rivers don't respect borders between nations. Hell, sometimes they ARE the borders. So any water law we demand Canada respects has to be tied to a treaty, right? And let me guess, they're crazier and less yielding than our own rules. Multiply this by the hundreds of nations with shared water and it gets ugly. Well, uglier.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:17:10 AM PST

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    •  True; and you don't need to go international: (10+ / 0-)

      Water flowing from state to state will be argued over in differing jurisdictions, each with elected State judges who wouldn't dare piss off their constituents by holding up their citizen's water rights.

      Additionally, states and cities possess water rights and the State of California and the State of AZ have had a little tussle, well, a case actually, that is ohh, um 80 something years old and ongoing.

      It is ongoing b/c of the recognition that they will always be fighting about it.  When a state sues another, it can only do so by filing originally with the SCOTUS, and the SCOTUS will appoint a "Special Master" to represent it as the judge.

      The Special Master will be responsible only to the SCOTUS, will be unbelievably brilliant b/c picked by the SCOTUS to keep things in control, and have enough power to make a regular federal district judge blush with envy.

      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 Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:32:45 AM PST

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    •  The effort to divert Great Lakes water, even just (8+ / 0-)

      from rivers that feed into the Great Lakes, caused the US and Canada to get into discussions because the Great Lake levels are already a bit lower due to use on the US side.

    •  river rights- (4+ / 0-)
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          forms the eastern border of Vermont and western border of New Hampshire, but technically only flows in New Hampshire--which has legal claim to the riverbed all the way to the bank on the Vermont side.


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