12 June 2012
Southern Arizona has always been susceptible to water problems, with the threat of a full water war persistently looming on the horizon. A case study is currently underway as Tombstone AZ has found itself needing to take heavy equipment through a US FS protected Wilderness Area to restore their water supply. While it is mostly a local story, it got some national attention when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case this week. Some have tried to characterize it as friendly neighbors vs. scary Federal government, or people vs. spotted owls, but it also serves as a more fundamental lesson in how tenuous water supply is, and will continue to be, in a growing number of areas in the US.