Technically and legally, Johnson is in the right.
And a local, I can be at his spread in 40 minutes easy.
This is a subject that will divide this country like no other, not just property rights, states rights, but suddenly the simple act of placing a potted plant outside to catch the rain is illegal? This effects everyone.
This will not end well as soon as Colorado and other states decide that the fed is out of line and decide to allow their farmers and ranchers to use as much water as they need, to hades with those downstream. Same for Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and more. What happens when CA can’t get any water because the Colorado is just a trickle?
Unlike the Mississippi, which is a cargo carrier, the western rivers are water sources. Shut them down and what happens?