In our closed economic “island,” agribusiness can be compared to an “anchor store” — the big department store retailer. Remove it and the economy of the entire shopping mall suffers. Water is the lifeblood of our local ag economy – the anchor store in the mall.
Every election cycle we are deluged with candidates claiming that “we” own the water rights. Collectively, we do – however, with these caveats: 1) the water is to be put to beneficial use; 2) the beneficial use in our case is the growing of crops, and 3) the beneficial use is not “selling” the water. The only entity that has EVER sold water is the IID.