Hirst decision too costly for land owners


After reading your column last week on the water issue, I wanted to send a note agreeing with you that the court’s Hirst decision was a big mistake.

Water is not in shortage. It’s just being mismanaged. I have asked Stevens County commissioners before that with all the county roads we have in this area why don’t they go in and add an elbow that would rise up a few inches and retain water longer. Of course, I was told that they were sure there was some restriction and would have to look into it legally.

I also presented the idea that Mill Creek be dammed. There was a study done by the PUD and it was a favorable idea, but once I left office the project was shelved. Again, this would have been very useful in the help of fighting fires and the availability of water.

I have to agree with you that we need to start thinking of more ways to retain our water and not let it just run away.

There is just getting to be too many government rules and hands in the pot. The Hirst decision requires extensive and costly water study for a well. The average person just cannot afford this expense.

Lloyd Henry, Colville


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