Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA

Photo Credit: Ryan Coleman / Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Ryan Coleman / Creative Commons

It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.”

The missing word is “navigable.” The Obama administration is proposing a rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” which would strike “navigable” from American water law and redefine any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year, no matter how remote or isolated it may be from truly navigable waters, as “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS.

The proposed rule would provide EPA and the Corps of Engineers (as well as litigious environmental groups) with the power to dictate the land-use decisions of homeowners, small businesses and local communities throughout the United States. There would be virtually no limit to the federal government’s authority over private property.

The proposed rule has ignited a firestorm of protest. Agricultural and business interests, free-market think tanks, state agencies, attorneys general and governors have joined the “Ditch the Rule” movement and demanded it be withdrawn.

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  • Kent2012

    We should start a pool to guess how many America hating clowns the african pretender employs, with taxpayer money, to come up with the next program to reduce America to another cesspool similar to those in africa where he was hatched….

  • Centurion

    The EPA was started by an executive order to implement the provisions of the “Clean Air Act”. Well, we have clean air and clean water now. The EPA has fulfilled its purpose. It is way past time to dismantle it. Today it is desperately trying to justify its existence to the detriment of ‘We the People’.

  • gracentruth

    This is what Mark Fish, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate here in Alaska told us. I guess we did not care. Peace,

  • disqus_iCgF4UjXVT

    In some states in our west, if you have a spring or pond or any water that flows into a water way even a ditch miles away, that water on your property belongs to the person that bought the water rights back when the west was being settled.

  • Bob2002

    Here is another one of those liberal “think tank” idiots coming up with a way to confiscate property. We definitely have to vote more conservatives and Tea Party types into office in order to get rid of governmental offices such as the EPA, and Homeland Security. George Bush initiated Homeland Security by taking responsibilities from other government agencies. Its past time for tame big government and reduce their areas of responsibility; get government out of our lives.

  • KayDeeBeau

    Oh goody – the rain run off from my whole neighborhood runs down hill thru my yard to the drainage “ditch” behind my house….

    Dear Lord please wake up the People to this tyranny…