The color blue on a topographical or road map usually denotes water. Many of the blue lines that crisscross Arizona still stand for water – only the water may not be standing.


Much of our states waterways and rivers are seasonal and only run water when it has rained enough, maybe once every ten years in some cases.


In World War 2, a prisoner of war camp was set up in an area outside of Phoenix known as Papago Park. Some German prisoners interred there decided to make an escape attempt. Most of them were quickly captured at train and bus stations. The commanding officer hid out just above the camp for a month or so and gave himself up when he realized he had no good means of escape and could die of thirst. A couple, noticing the blue line on a map, made it down to the Gila River, planning to steal a boat. They gave themselves up after discovering there was no water in the Gila! True story!


Just down the valley from us, Whitewater Draw “flows” into Mexico. Only it hasn’t run water since the 1930s when the railroad and towns changed the way water runs off into the valley floor. Nevertheless, the blue line on the map is still there.


If the Environmental Protection Agency continues to act on it’s own “Guidance” document, rather than under Congress and the Clean Water Act, those blue lines on the map become permitted waters – with no water.


Please contact your legislators. Urge them to “Stop the Flood of Regulation” and rein in the EPAs strong-arm tactics.