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For nearly a decade, Dave Huhn, a sheriff’s deputy in Montezuma County, Colorado, has enforced complicated and confusing water statutes. When he approaches water users, Huhn said, “they’ll … give me a funny look and say, ‘You’re that water cop, aren’t you?’ So I’ve kind of gotten used to that.” (Luke Runyon/KUNC)

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Water thieves, beware: This Colorado ‘water cop’ is on the case

Dave Huhn usually is off work on Sundays, but when the phone rang one Sunday during the height of irrigation season a few years ago, he picked up.