There's definitely a "use it, or they'll take it" mentality around here. I've heard everything from the Walmart family wanting more water for their ranch somewhere downstream, to Phoenix wanting to buy shares to export water there, lot's of paranoia.
I think they're finally starting to realize what a precious commodity water is. Over the last couple years more of the ditches are getting put in pipe and buried, and more ditches will be buried in pipe from here on out. For years there was a laissez faire attitude around here and it's starting to change.
Mattman.. I agree that they feel somewhat threatened by recreational use, for whatever reason.
Remember....whisky's for drinking and water's for fighting...