Reliable access to water is essential to life in the desert, but it’s not much of a priority for federal bureaucrats.
The U.S. Forest Service is blocking residents of Tombstone, Ariz. from repairing waterlines damaged by storms and wildfires last year. Why? Because restoring the lines that bring spring water from the mountains could endanger the Mexican spotted owl. Really. Oh, and the Chiricahua leopard frog too.
Safe drinking water? Water to fight fires? Pfft. Suck it up, Tombstone. The spotted owls need you. (Not that there are any left after the storms and fires destroyed their habit.)
Right now residents have one option: the Forest Service will permit them to fix the damaged waterlines if they agree to “use horses and hand tools to remove boulders the size of Volkswagens.”
Even wheelbarrows are off-limits—they’re considered too “mechanized.”
Conservative blogger Duane Lester has more on this frightening federal overreach that could leave Tombstone residents high and dry.
The president of the Goldwater Institute spoke to John Stossel about Tombstone’s lawsuit against the Forest Service.
“I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is always a frightening sentence. For Tombstone residents, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help the spotted owl” is even scarier.