Justice Hobbs: ‘The water ditch is the basis of civilization’



Farview Reservoir Mesa Verde NP
Farview Reservoir Mesa Verde NP

Here’s a recap of Justice Hobbs’ keynote this week up in Breckenridge, from Julie Sutor writing for the Summit Daily News. From the article:

Hobbs took his audience on a tour of the waters of the Americas, from the agricultural terraces of the Peruvian Andes to ancient reservoirs of Mesa Verde to the irrigated fields of the San Luis Valley, illustrating that water — and the ways we use it, divert it, store it, regulate it and fight over it — shapes human societies. “They were great civil works people,” Hobbs said of the ancient Incas. “You can’t walk down the great staircase of Machu Picchu without hearing the water sing.”

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