Giving Away Our Water

Imagine the civil government issuing you an order to pump water out of your well, on your property, to your neighbors’ homes.

Imagine that same government agency telling you that you had no right to the water in that well, and that you needed to find another source of water for your home, and compliance to their orders would be at the point of a gun if you could not “work it out.”

What would you do? How would you react?

The State of Georgia, where I reside, is in that very situation, and our leaders are not reacting the way you might in the above “imaginary” example.

Yesterday, the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Purdue, met with the Governors of Florida and Alabama, our State’s neighbors in Montgomery, AL to discuss how we might comply.

Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting that we should ignore the needs of Florida and Alabama. Going back to our “imaginary” scenario, and removing the outside influence of the civil government; who among us would be so uncaring as to not give that needy neighbor a gallon or bucket or whatever we could spare? Who would not help their neighbor build their own water system?

Yet meetings like this, under the misplaced thumb of an out-of-control government not only undermine any good and positive relations we might have been able to build with our neighbors, it also puts them in a tough spot: they asked the feds to rule here, so when the feds come after their States’ natural resources, they’ll have a much harder time saying no.

Unintended Consequences.

Now, this may be a bit of a strong position for your taste, but States’ Rights advocate and 2010 Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry’s position on water is certainly closer to my sentiments than that of the current administration. Have a listen.

The notion that neither the federal government nor the state own or have rights to natural resources seems primary to our nation’s founding.

Maybe we’ll get some leadership in Georgia who agrees with that position, for a change.

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Rob Miller

Rob's background in Environmental Horticulture and the green industry, as well as time working as a Legislative Aide and Private Property Rights Advocate at the Georgia General Assembly, informs his unique perspective on metro Atlanta water issues, as well as water and its management as a global issue.