If there weren't people here, we wouldn't have an aquifer problem.- Allyson Beall, Instructor, Washington State University School of Earth and Environmental Science, "Researcher considers the 'what ifs' of water use; Model estimates effects with algebraic equations," Moscow-Pullman Daily News, August 4, 2008
And there you have it. The environmentalist argument, reductio ad absurdum
This statement also shows that it is the Aquinuts who have their collective heads buried in the sand. Even without "behemoth" Wal-Marts or the Hawkins "sprawl mall" the "pristine prehistoric" waters of the aquifers will continue to decline and eventually run out as long as people live on the Palouse, just like any other resource that is taken from the ground (oil, coal, precious minerals, et. al.), whether it's in 100 years or 1000 years. However, unlike oil or rock, water routinely falls on the Palouse from the sky. All we need to do is plan for the aquifers running dry and identify alternate sources of surface water.