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Scott Slater

Actually, my point was that consumptive users, planners and people that want to issue bonds and finance infrastructure demand certainty. On the other hand, the law must be sufficiently flexible to account for economic, social and physical change. The law must be certain - the law must change. Ascertaining the answer to this paradox is the key to developing a water policy that works.

David Zetland

Michael -- thanks for the summary. As others have noted, Mulroy favors and implements unsustainable growth.

I have also noticed the repetition in these "what to do" reports. Implementation is indeed the problem.

I stand ready to implement :)


Forgive me but I can't help feel there is an awful lot of back slapping going on in this industry but given generational entrenched positioning our forward progress is at best snail paced.

Ms. Mulroy's comment respecting - interdependence - has merit, though I question what she actually means when I read in the Reno newspapers that SNWA would like to swap Walker River water which originates in California for Colorado River water for LV. The Walker River serves much of rural Nevada around Yerington and Native American land. This "interdependence" appears a relative concept subject to who benefits, how much and when...?

Lena Fowler - don't forget the plight of Native Americans vis-a-vis water and sanitation, and Indian water rights. - resonate with me as our national track record respecting the degree to which our ethics are dishonorable raise their ugly head whenever Native American water rights enter the discussion. In my state of Arizona, our state and federal leaders have done a super job of NON-DISCLOSURE of these issues.

Scott Slater - need durable water laws; for the system to work, people need certainty. - I do not know Mr. Slater, though I would suggest to him those idyllic days of so-called certainty are over as we have entered a period of uncertainty and questioning respecting the viability and availability of water bother quantity & quality.

One of the panelists (Jerry Delli Priscoli?) also mentioned governance issues - looking at new models, partnerships, etc. - this notion of governance, new models, new partnerships resonates for me with the proviso it begins with full, open, honest, timely disclosure and from that foundation a viable water policy honestly endorsed by the majority can be established.



My hero! The "unlimited growth" paradigm has to be challenged at every turn. Thanks for saying that to these folks. As for Mulroy's response - no argument! She's entirely correct, and therein lies the problem! The fundamental principles on which this country has been built are largely inappropriate for continued viability in the Age of Limits, which we have just entered.

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