So here is an interesting story of federeal employees who knew for a decade of an illegal water diversion and did nothing, and the planners who learned of it and said nothing as they continued to review plans for a 1000 home subdivision. Let me dust off my planner's code of ethics. Oh wait, I think I threw it away. Never-the-less I am pretty sure that it would be the duty of a planner to report in his/her findings that the water rights upon which a new subdivision are based do not exist or are illegally obtained.
Here's a quote:
"Fresno County planners, who have worked closely with Ewell to pave the way for the town, say they also have known about the illegal diversion for a year but never informed the Board of Supervisors or the public.
'I don't want to leave you with the impression that we're trying to hide anything," said county staffer Phil Desatoff. "If the media would have asked, we would have disclosed it.' "
I see. It isn't important. At least it isn't important unless the public hears about it. If the public knew about it then we would tell them. If they didn't know about it, there would be no point in telling them.
The way I see it, somebody needs a good firing.