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3 thoughts on “EPA clarifies federal jurisdiction over streams and wetlands of the U.S.

  1. Thank you to the House of Representatives for fighting back with the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1732). This is supposed to be representative government, not a regulatory one managed by a supreme dictator in the White House! This is yet another outrageous example of regulatory RAPE, not only of states’ rights but of property owners.
    An Oregon man was recently JAILED because he collected rain water on his own property. What’s next? Children jailed because they splash through mud puddles? Where has common sense gone?

    1. For the record, Snopes.com found the story about the man jailed for collecting rainwater “mostly false.” After looking into the story, Snopes reported that the man constructed sizable dams and battled authorities for years before being charged with a misdemeanor.

  2. As I understand it, the law in Oregon “graciously” allows Oregonians to collect water from artificial impervious surfaces (rooftops, parking lots, etc.) and feed it directly into rain barrels. BUT, if that water touches the ground, EVEN ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY, the state says the water belongs to the state and a permit is required to collect it. Don’t you think that’s ludicrous?
    Snopes says my reference to the Oregon man jailed on a misdemeanor was “mostly false.” Well, that means some of it was true. But referencing Snopes is side-stepping the real issue that this is a blatant power grab and an attack on states rights AND property rights by a regulatory agency outside the bounds of representative government. The end does not justify the means! I hope Congress shuts this down.
    References:
    * http://dailysignal.com//2012/08/07/when-it-rains-in-oregon-the-state-owns-the-raindrops/
    * http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/04/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-epacorps-water-rule-its-a-power-grab-and-an-attack-on-property-rights#_ftn3
    * http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/23/epa-inadvertently-makes-case-power-grab/
    * http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/epa-now-defines-what-constitutes-waters-united-states

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