Posted by: rainworks | June 16, 2015

A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops

Deb Neeley, an office manager and urban farmer who lives in Denver, collects water from a gutter off her greenhouse. In Colorado, rainwater barrels are still largely illegal. Credit Michael Ciaglo for The New York Times.

New York Times By JACK HEALY JUNE 15, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/us/a-thirsty-colorado-battles-over-the-destiny-of-its-raindrops-drought.html?_r=0

Now Think Eminent Domain

Maybe it’s time to apply the laws of “Eminent Domain” to the acquisition of clean water resources. Governments have been using Eminent Domain to take private land to use for other purposes, many times for commercial interests, and right of ways.

There is really no or little loss of ground water from Rain Water Harvesting, captured Rainwater(rain barrels/cisterns) is initially used as fresh water and then slowly added to the ground water as Graywater, even during droughts. Normally there is a ground water loss through evaporation from several inches of the earth’s surface after a rain event. Also there is a great loss through storm water runoff during that same rain event. The use of Xeriscaping techniques (landscaping technique) can decrease or eliminate runoff. Many agricultural operations waste water through out moded irrigation techniques (ditches, canals and overhead spraying), where possible drip irrigation would be more beneficial.

The moral to the story is to allow the sustainable recycling of a precious resource; a “Clean Water Resource” for human lives.

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