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Water Thieves of the West Take Heed: This Sheriff’s Deputy is Watching
September 24, 2018

Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy for Montezuma County, Colorado. Unlike other local law enforcement throughout the West, Huhn specializes in the complex world of water law. For the last nine years of summers, he's criss-crossed the county, seeing the conflict that chronic aridity creates. These days, depending on the severity of drought, Huhn says he averages 60 to 100 calls per month for water cases.
 
76-year-old farmer Bob Schuster has called on Deputy Huhn to help resolve water disputes among his neighbors a few times. Because livelihoods here are so dependent on water, emotions run high when accusations get thrown around. In true Hatfield and McCoy fashion, Schuster says he’s had guns pointed at him, shovels swung at his head and been sucker punched in fights with neighbors over water.
 
Deputy Huhn’s role -- enforcing water law and interacting with the county’s agricultural community -- is unique in the state says Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. . . (Read the full story.)

Photo: Dave Huhn is known locally as "the water sheriff." Credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC
 

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