State Rights and Waterpower

State Rights and Waterpower

The Supreme Court recently decided in a Michigan case that ownership of riparian rights along a river gave the owner no grip on the waterpower of the stream. It held further that the waterpower in navigable streams is the concern of the national government, not of the State. This is a decision that has long been needed to clear up a profound uncertainty regarding control of waterpowers. It has been desirable that this control should he lodged definitely in nation or State, not left in the obscurity of the twilight zone. It were better handed to the nation, and that is what this decision does with it. If the decision appears, on detailed study, to reach as far as now appears, it answers conclusively the State rights argument for State control, and opens the way to the only right policy in handling the great waterpower resources of the country. The national government must see that hereafter no more of it is given away under conditions, or lack of conditions. which will serve the purposes of monopolization.—Exchange.

Warden. Wash, is considering a proposition from the townsite company to purchase the water works system.

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