Well, the truth has finally been revealed: AWRA and the United Nations (and perhaps other nefarious organizations) are promoting IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) in a plot to take control of the USA's water.
I'm finally coming clean; the conspiracy needs to be exposed.
So what has motivated my confession? I cannot tell another lie. Jerry Sehlke, friend and former AWRA President, sent me a link to an online article that was published on 4 July 2011 in something called The PPJ Gazette. Our cover has been blown!
Reporter Debbie Coffey's story begins:
At water rights hearings at the Nevada Department of Water Resources, farmers and ranchers of Eureka, Nevada seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Several articles have been written about their plight (links below).
But it seems like something “bigger” is happening. It is, and it’s probably happening to you, too.
After the most recent hearing, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board in the hallway. On it, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) described a conference about Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The flyer linked IWRM to the Global Water Partnership and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Does this sound as “American” as apple pie to you? Or does it sound multi-national and make you wonder how this might relate not only to our water rights, but to our constitutional rights here in the U.S.A.?
The conference aims were to explore IWRM in detail from both “US and international perspectives” and ask questions like “Can the USA implement IWRM?” and “How can IWRM best be implemented?”
Yes, this is the IWRM Conference I chaired in Snowbird, UT, in late June 2011.
The USACE takes it in the shorts, too:
You might also want to keep an eye on whatever the Army Corps of Engineers is spearheading. The U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Water Partnership.
The Sept. 12, 2008 Federal Register states that Sec. 2031 of Water Resources Development Act of 2007 requires that the Corps use the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). And “There are many definitions of IWRM. One of the most accepted is that of the Global Water Partnership. IWRM is the (planning) process which promotes the co-ordinated development and management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.”
“Equitable”for whom? Who would benefit from this “economic and social welfare?” Could “related resources” be your property?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a “COLLABORATING SUPPORTER” and “IN-KIND SPONSOR” of the American Water Resourses Association Conference mentioned in the 3rd paragraph of this article. This conference is sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and ICIWaRM (International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management under the auspices of UNESCO).
UNESCO, World Bank - more of the usual suspects. You can finish the article.
What's interesting is that nothing Coffey says about the conference or IWRM is untrue. She uses our own words. As one of my more eloquent colleagues said,
What is impressive is the degree of research devoted to adding detail to a conspiracy theory that is then only connected via rhetorical innuendo. There is actually nothing here to refute but it still besmirks IWRM.
Gees, even I might think there is something going on here!
Wait till The PPJ Gazette learns that we are planning an 'IWRM II' conference, likely in June 2014 in Reno or Boise.
Seriously, though - this episode illustrates that what seems logical and nonthreatening to some is not necessarily viewed as a benign thing by others. We will have to deal with people like Debbie Coffey and her readers and explain to them why IWRM is something not to be feared. After all, she is a stakeholder.
"The biggest conspiracy has always been the fact that there is no conspiracy. Nobody's out to get you. Nobody gives a shit whether you live or die. There, you feel better now?" - Dennis Miller