EVERYONE'S Water Rights Are Threatened!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:21pm.

New "˜CleanWater RestorationAct' gives federal government unfettered control over almost every puddle of water in the United States—including your back yard!


LURKING IN BOTH HOUSES of Congress is chilling legislation that would allow federal bureaucrats to enter your yard and order you to enlarge, fill-in or otherwise deal with a puddle, creek, lake or any bit of water.

Consider the language in the Clean Water Restoration Act, which would effectively amend the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2002 by replacing the words "navigable waters' with "waters of the United States."

This would give the Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over everything from "bathtubs to baptismal fonts," according to the American Land Rights Association. The association said the act defines waters of the United States "with such breathtaking scope" that federal agencies would be required to regulate every liquid square inch of the country.

This is the exact definition as proposed: "The term "˜waters of the United States'means all waters subject to ebb and flow of the tides, the territorial seas, and all interstate and intrastate waters and their tributaries, including lakes, rivers, streams (including intermittent streams), mud flats, sand flats, wetland, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes [a flat, dried-up area, especially a desert basin], natural ponds and all impoundment of the foregoing, to the fullest extent that these waters are subject to the legislative power of Congress under the Constitution." (Did they overlook anything?)

The legislation (S 1870) is pending before the Senate Environmental and Pubic Works Committee (phone 202-224-8832) and before the House (HR 2421) Natural Resources Committee (phone 202-225-6065).

American Free Press - Issue #8, February 25, 2008

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:21pm.