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Changing regulations regarding water catchment/ earthworks

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Disclaimer::: I own little property. I have no water rights issues. I know very little about this subject. Now onto the post.

I have seen a handful of posts regarding water rights and the most recent posted by Mr. JJJJ. At the same time I have seen a ton of posts/ videos showing that water catchment via earthworks actually increases the water availability for everyone down stream for most of the year.

I think we can all agree that official government policy is guided by a varying combination of two principles: If it seems like a logical decision (sometimes with, sometimes without scientific support), or if it can make someone some money.

Assuming that there isn't a ton of lobbyist money in continuing to destertify our landscape, does anyone know if there are any efforts to change water rights laws based on restoring aquifers, and not based on, 'MINE!'? Does anyone know the process for making those changes? Are there enough worldwide examples to make a case that could be considered strong enough to make that change? Anything else that you feel is pertinent to the discussion.

For the sake of this discussion, I'd like to assume that most people in government agencies are trying to do good things, even if sometimes misguided. I don't want to make this about politics (please, please, please leave politics out of it), just altering the regulations in place using our current system to facilitate the restoration of aquifers.

Thanks all.
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