Opinion, Scott Valley

Save Our Water Rights 

We had a choice between two fights. One or the other. We couldn’t – because of energy and time – choose both.

One, the fight to save the Klamath River dams, which we don’t own. The second, a fight to save the water rights we own.

Which fight did you choose a decade ago?

On one hand, we fought to save dams owned and controlled by one of the world’s largest corporations and two of the world’s richest men. Pacific Power, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. No matter how the fight ended up, win or lose, Buffett and Munger would make a fortune.

The other hand involved a fight to save water rights owned by us. We are not the world’s richest.

If we stood solidly together in one massive, powerful force of unity, there was no entity that could defeat us. We controlled – or should have controlled – the fight on the ground. We would have won, if we weren’t sidetracked.

Our only hope to save our water rights was being a community in solidarity bound by a spiritual conviction looking after one of our spiritual resources – water.

We held massive fundraisers and rallies, held picket signs, marched in front of a courthouse yelling about one. We raised and spent a lot of money fighting the “good fight.” It was the fight to save Warren Buffett’s dams.

The other choice, crickets.

The spiritual process was discarded by our spiritual leadership altogether. Not even crickets were allowed to chirp. Water became the spiritual taboo subject in local churches. 

We now stand as a community having lost two major water battles. The fight appears to be over. We lost both.

Or so it seems.

Although signing petitions to the state water board is lovely and somewhat helpful, it won’t win the battle.

We must first go back to the spiritual process which lays the foundation for the rest of the fight.

Yes, we can still win, however, we must spiritually prepare first.

The spiritual process is simple, but the most difficult piece of the process. We still have to go there first.

Arrogance blocks the spiritual process. We can’t allow arrogance and lies to creep in and destroy us, precipitating cour community’s destruction.

Our instructions for winning:

“At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:13‭-‬14 The Bible 

Are you ready and willing to win this battle, save our water rights and heal our land?

By Daniel Webster 

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