To the Editor:
In expanding on his thinking in his last couple columns, Athens NEWS Editor Smith should explore the political use of the concept of "watershed."
Consider, for prominent example, the protection given the New York City water supply in the area in upper New York State that serves as its watershed. At the other extreme, in order to protect water quality in its outstanding springs, Florida has introduced and legally established "springsheds" covering vast areas where the groundwater supplies the spring flow.
There should be nothing unusual in the idea of monitoring what happens on the ground in the area from which a public water supply is drawn. That is fundamentally what the 20-mile proposal is designed to do.
Peach Ridge Road
Editor's note: These are two vastly different situations – in your examples, a state (New York or Florida) is making the decision, so citizens affected by the regulations can hold their representatives accountable. In the Athens situation, you'd have a city enacting regulations affecting non-city residents who have no one to hold accountable for these decisions. TS