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Water Rights

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A farming board is debating changes to local water management practices amidst growing concern over water rights claimed by larger farms and the potential for future drought conditions. The owners of the larger farms claim that their continued growth grants them a larger portion of water because they are directly responsible for bringing more jobs and more economic stability to their region.

Further, they claim that historic weather patterns clearly document the continued sustainability of their water-use practices. They also point out that both the county and state water reserves are calculated to be able to provide water at the current levels of use for a three-year​ period, indicating that there is plenty of water to go around.

Which of the following is the primary flaw of the argument presented by the large farm owners?"

A

The claim of economic stability is irrelevant to the water issue being argued.

B

It assumes that there will be no water supply problems because there haven't been any yet.

C

It ignores the impending state-level changes to how water rights are administered.

D

It overlooks the rules involving how, when and why water reserves are used.

E

It fails to account for the economic impact of smaller farms and their sustainable farming methods.