Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Dude, where's my aquifer?

hi everyone

hope you are doing well
here is a link to an interesting article on water rights and water quality in West Virginia

if you own land with with access to moving water or any water body at all I sincerely hope you will take a moment, if you have not already, to learn about the rights you hold with respect to your property...

some states acknowledge riparian rights while others acknowledge rights of prior appropriation and the difference between these two is probably not something you can afford to be ignorant about, no matter water-rich or time-poor you might feel right now.

once you are finished with this homework you may wish to do a little extra credit and find out what sort of air rights you possess in the eyes of the law. you may be very surprised to learn how different your presumptive rights are when they are compared with the de facto rights you wind up with in the "cheat-cheat-win" landscape that has overgrown so much of our good wild and cultivated land.

for example, all around you, through both natural and less-natural systems, the processes of nitrogen fixation and carbon sequestration are taking place on and above your land more or less invisibly.

if you are a farmer or a conservation landowner, especially an Appalachian one, keeping these concepts on your radar can prevent you (and our environment) from being victimized by the widespread and ongoing scam that is property encroachment and resource appropriation by air.

bye, have a beautiful day & thanks for reading. -Suzy

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