Letter: Is water use a Trojan horse for government control?
A number of citizens from Mathews County attended the meeting of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission on the evening of July 27. The primary focus of the meeting involved water—its use, supply, demand, quality and its control, especially during drought conditions.
The first thought that came to mind was more control of private property, since virtually all Mathews County water resources are provided by private wells. It likewise appears that the state is providing direction in this area. However, the topics discussed during the meeting bear an uncanny resemblance to Agenda 21 (Chapter 18, Paragraph 12, specifically). Please permit me to cite it as written in Agenda 21:
"All states, according to their capacity and available resources and through bilateral or multilateral cooperation, including the United Nations and other relevant organizations as appropriate, could implement the following activities to improve integrated water resource management."
This presents a rather broad statement with huge implications for the citizens of Mathews and the surrounding counties of the Middle Peninsula. Under Chapter 18 and in particular Paragraph 12 of Agenda 21, no less than 16 activities, including government influence on local water resources are mentioned. In addition, portions of the Mathews County Comprehensive Plan are very involved and focused on water and wetlands. While no one can deny the importance of water as a vital natural resource, it would appear that the water resources of Mathews and the surrounding counties have become or will soon be the subject resource whereby government may exercise greater authority.
I recall hearing during a meeting of the MPPDC earlier this year that the people of Mathews were drinking their own urine. During a meeting of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors, I again heard a similar reference. In this instance, the people of Gwynn’s Island were drinking their own urine. My first thought was to pose the question: Which is it? It is apparent that some scare tactics are in play to promote this agenda.
I would suggest that the various agencies involved simply tell the people just what they are attempting to promote. It also appears that some coordination between the various agencies is in order. May I remind the planners that the United Nations and its Agenda 21 has no Constitutional authority to implement any agenda, much less land and water use restrictions, in Mathews County or any other county in Virginia. It is a sovereign state of the United States, a sovereign nation. I ask: Is water becoming a Trojan horse to enable governments to implement even greater control over the people?
Port Haywood, Va.