James Amos – Why Can’t We Have Rain Barrels?
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[James Amos – Why Can’t We Have Rain Barrels?]
Why The F#@k
Can’t We Have
[James Amos:] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m James Amos and I’ve been wondering
Why The F#@k
Can’t We Have
Well it seems like a simple thing, you know water falls out of the sky, it hits the roof, it flows down to the thing, it goes out on the lawn, I could intercept it in a barrel, everybody be happy, right? No, not so much.
At Colorado like most states in the west is dry. I mean, okay I’m near a river, but most of it is dry, except for the parts right here – dry like gargling with chalk dry because the water is a very precious thing. And the problem is that Colorado was not founded by people who want to have nice lawns and drink craft beer and hang up by rivers, it was founded by minors.
*Not a real gold miner
Here’s miner number one.
*Not Miner #1
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Now he looks like a stick, but he’s a minor, and he’s found himself a river, and he knows there is gold right down here. So he decides to get down there and dig a ditch. Dig a ditch to run that water from here over to his gold box, so he can mine some gold. The problem comes up when we bring minor number two.
*Not Miner #2
Who looks little bit like another stick, well let’s ignore that. Miner number two comes along and he sees this and thinks it’s great, but there’s already a ditch dug. So what does he do because he’s a lousy, son of a bitch, he goes upstream and he digs his own ditch, and it’s even bigger, and it takes more water, and that’s when the gunfire breaks out?
So how its settled out is this. In Colorado, we have what is known as the prior appropriation doctrine, which sounds terribly sexy at parties. As you can imagine, it would, chicks, oh my god. That means in Colorado we are first in time, first in right, which means if you’re the dude to dug the first ditch, you get that much water as much water as you claim and put to beneficial use. If you’re the dude who shows up and digs the second ditch, you cannot dig the second ditch and take water from the guy from the first ditch, which if you think about it as a gold miner, it makes perfect sense. Where it doesn’t make as much sense is if you’re trying to do the rain barrel, why is that? Because the water that would of come off of your roof actually would have gone to somebody else.
(minus what your lawn actually used)
And you’re kind of digging a ditch in front of somebody else, who had a ditch already. So you might say, I’m not taking much water, I’m just taking whatever happens to fall onto my roof, run down the downspout, get onto the lawn, and water my grass. Well actually that’s a fair amount of water. That’s 55 gallons in each barrel, they figure 600 gallons for the whole year, multiply that by a million households and all will say, you have a lots of water that was going to go across the lawn…
(or seep under the lawn)
And go into the gutter, and go down the street and on to the river to the next town whose people were going to use it on their lawn and for their house. And now that’s not going to happen, and they’re going to be pissed off.
Now having one another town in Colorado pissed off at you may not seem like a big deal, but you need to look at it from the point of view of somebody who lives in another state, like oh say, like Kansas or California or Arizona or any of the states that are downstream of Colorado and depend on our water that flows out of our state, which is basically a lot of states, they’re going to be very pissed off. And other states have already been pissed off at us.
We already lost a lawsuit by Kansas, who sued us because we took some water that should have flown to the river, and we let people dig wells next to the river, which also took water that should have gone to the river, which should have gone to Kansas, which wouldn’t be a big deal except if we already signed a contract with Kansas saying we wouldn’t take anymore water, the same kind of contract that we’ve signed with all the other states.
So am I saying that the legislature are pointy head partisan [beep]
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Or am I saying that we kind of made some agreements with these other states, let alone the other cities and stuff down the rivers; to not take more water than we’re kind of already taking unless we do something like buy more water to make up for it, which we could do. Yeah, I guess I’m kind of saying that. On the other hand does that mean that nobody should ever use rain barrels?
I’m just saying that there’s a reason just like a lot of times there’s a reason although sometimes there is no reason, but other times there is an actual reason and we don’t like to hear that and [necessarily] doesn’t make it any fun to talk at parties. But there’s kind of a reason, and if we’re going to do the rain barrels we need to weigh out, well how much water are we taking, and who’s that hurting downstream and if there’s a way to make it so it doesn’t hurt them, well that would be great. And actually if you really want to be great about conserving water then maybe we should start taking our treatment plants and making it, so we drink the water that we’re treating, which includes your pee and poop, and a lot of people don’t want to do that. But guess what, there’s only so much water. So put that in your conservation pipe, I’m James Amos.
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