Water Rights That Could Dry Up Rivers

January 29, 2014 By: Erin Block

The purported  “Water Rights Protection Act” (HR 3189) does not live up to its name, say critics, and would allow private water users to dry up rivers on public lands with no recourse for action. Called “over-reaching and misguided,” this bill originated from a disagreement between a ski area and the forest service, but could have devastating impacts on native fish populations. Amy Korber covers the issue in a recent article on National Geographic, explaining how Aspen and the ski industry support “A Bill That Could Dry Up Rivers,” and laying out avenues for how to help stop this bill.