"Watershed News" will have the dual mission of reporting the work of our volunteers and keeping you informed of the issues concerning land and water in the Wimberley Valley. Together, we are all working to protect Jacob's Well and the waters that make this place so beautiful.
STRAFFORD, Vt. — LOST amid the
Supreme Court’s high-profile decisions on affirmative action, voting rights and
same-sex marriage was another ruling that may turn out to have a profound
impact on American society. The court handed down a decision on Tuesday that,
in the words of Justice Elena Kagan, will “work a revolution in land-use law.”
While that may sound obscure, the
decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District
will result in long-lasting harm to America’s communities. That’s because the
ruling creates a perverse incentive for municipal governments to reject
applications from developers rather than attempt to negotiate project designs
that might advance both public and private goals — and it makes it hard for
communities to get property owners to pay to mitigate any environmental damage
they may cause. Read More....