Powell and Watershed Boundaries

A friend recently described a New Mexico water rights battle currently underway as a “water lawyers stimulus act.” I was reminded of that reading Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps describing John Wesley Powell’s thinking regarding the division of the West’s water:

Powell’s warning at an irrigation congress in 1883 seems particularly prescient: “Gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply the land.”