Barack Obama, gave himself power over all small waterways on Wednesday, including ponds, streams, wetlands, et al. He is doing it via his unelected bureaucrats in the EPA. It’s a new “rule.” The government added some exceptions like artificial ponds to quell the opposition but in doing so they’ve made it clear the government has the power to exempt or not exempt – all the power is theirs alone, without Congress, and without the people.
The media won’t tell you he seized control of all waterways but that is exactly what he did. People are currently losing control of their land to frogs, wild flowers, chickens and now all property owners could all be subject to excessive regulations and taxes though the EPA claims private property won’t be involved except if its tied to a tributary.
We have seen how it has worked for Californians near a river or a mountain or the people in Nevada and Idaho who own ranch land. This statist mentality has gone nationwide with this rule.
Ownership of property has been one of the single-most important reason – if we had to pick one -that our country has succeeded as it has, but it is the biggest target of the Marxist left who are now in control of the Democratic Party.
The GOP has been trying to block it but we have a dictator who doesn’t care about the “opposition” party or the people. It’s all about moving the Marxist needle forward.
The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts have been used to either steal private land outright or to regulate it so heavily that the owners have little use of it.
“We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing that without creating any new permitting requirements and maintaining all previous exemptions and exclusions,” EPA head Gina McCarthy told reporters Wednesday.
What that means, experience has told us, is they will ease in the taxes and regulations and they will slowly assume control.
They are not violent people – they believe in slow infiltration but eventually every ditch on everyone’s property will be subject to the government’s overreach. This “rule” allows that type of overreach and as people are put more and more into the crosshairs of the EPA, they will find the “rule” will morph into far more restrictive, intrusive government control.
“This rule is about clarification, and in fact, we’re adding exclusions for features like artificial lakes and ponds, water-filled depressions from constructions and grass swales,” McCarthy said.
“Clarification” means they won’t have as much trouble winning cases when people sue them. Businesses are the easiest target, but make no mistake, this will affect everyone.
“This rule will make it easier to identify protected waters and will make those protections consistent with the law as well as the latest peer-reviewed science. This rule is based on science,” she continued disingenuously.
The “science” is a handful of leftist-driven studies that say all water is connected deep under the earth and, as such, it’s within the province of government to control it.
The EPA admits the “science available today does not establish that waters beyond those defined as ‘adjacent’” to these “significant” waters should be regulated. They don’t care. They say that its “experience and expertise”, godlike agency that they are, shows there are “many” other waters that could have a significant downstream effect. This standard allows them to cover the puddle on your driveway.
It won’t control private property McCarthy claims but it already does and we can expect more of that thinking to slowly seep into the system. Once the system is infected, this thinking will metastasize.
The administration’s goal, allegedly, is to control all pollution by regulating every waterway in the nation, and it’s based on a leftist-directed science.
Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers are very concerned, but McCarthy claims it controls little.
“It does not interfere with private property rights or address land use,” she said. “It does not regulate any ditches unless they function as tributaries. It does not apply to groundwater or shallow subsurface water, copper tile drains or change policy on irrigation or water transfer.”
She said the rule specifically does not interfere with agriculture, nor roll back any of the existing exemptions for farmers, ranchers or foresters.
What the rule does do is give the government endless latitude and room for expansion of authority. It also enshrines a false science by which to eventually pass more prohibitive rules.
They changed the definition in an effort to get around a SCOTUS decision.
The Supreme Court of the United States has defined the meaning of ‘water’ as ‘navigable water.’ The EPA seeks to redefine the meaning of water as all ‘connected water,’ and they are seeking to define ‘connected water as all water, so they can assume power to regulate every body of water in the United States.
Their claim is that the Supreme Court’s definition was vague. This is our third branch of government they are neutralizing.
Conceivably, any water under their definition could even include ditches and puddles on private property.
“Let’s set aside fact from fiction,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said at the hearing. She rejected the notion that the regulation might allow the government to claim jurisdiction over miniscule water bodies.
“Puddles, swimming pools, stock ponds are not regulated,” she stressed.
That might not be their intent, but the fact is they could under this rule. Perhaps it won’t happen right away but the heartless big government has one goal and that is to grow. This policy allows them to do anything they want whenever they choose.
In parts of Maryland, they do exercise control over puddles on property and some areas of Virginia and California have taken steps to do the same thing.
In the least, it will mean more highly paid government workers and more bureaucracy.