Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater

Outlet: High Country News

February 18, 2013

SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLORADO In the early 1990s, bumper stickers throughout this valley screamed “STOP AWDI” — shorthand for American Water Development Inc., Canadian millionaire Maurice Strong’s company, which wanted to sell the groundwater underneath his local ranch to distant cities. Farmers and ranchers allied with environmentalists, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and even a New Age ashram in protest, fearing that exporting water would obliterate crops, pastures and wetlands used by migratory birds.