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  •  Uh, dams? (0+ / 0-)

    Water projects?  Causes big fusses all the time in dryland areas.  I've been told that some homeowners in Colorado are prohibited from caching the rainwater that drains from their roofs because the water has already been allocated to other users as part of the Colorado watershed.  Several near wars have started along the Turkish border due to dam projects on rivers that have provided necessary water for settlements downstream since the time of Moses.

    Riparian rights have a LOOOOOONNNG history.  And they're very poorly allocated with regard to the Appalachian watershed because water there has always been plentiful.  But urban areas are already experiencing shortages, leading to negotiations for supplies naturally cached in lakes.  Over the last decade, for instance, Lake Gaston in North Carolina has become a target for export to the Greater Richmond area of Virginia.  

    I'm just pointing out that a less cavalier and generous attitude towards our natural resources (in keeping with the Republican ethic of making sure none of the good things in life are free) would turn Appalachia's traditional poverty on its head.  The only reason the hills are poor, like all undeveloped nature reserves, is that they have traditionally provided all of their important natural resources to their neighbors for free.

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