Despite the fact that our federal Government and the Supreme Court have upheld the need to limit EPA regulation of federal waterways to “navigable” waters of the United States, the EPA currently has proposed a guidance document which will go around a twice upheld federal law to make any standing water America subject to Regulation. Now that is a wordy way of saying, that the EPA wants to go around the LAW to come on my farm, your yard, our schools, etc. and regulate ANY area that has standing water for more than a few hours.
Let’s simplify this even further… Is this navigable?
Or how bout this?
Maybe this is a “navigable” body of water that should be under EPA and federal regulations?
But if the guidance document passes, not only are the above areas under consideration for regulation but so are these …
Please consider contacting your elected representatives in Congress and let them know that you as an American are against this “guidance” document. We do not need more regulations in our lives. More regulations come with costly implementations and permits. Some of these permits have been estimated to cost as much as $30,000.
This is not just a farming and ranching issue. Although as a friend from Montana pointed out, during the recent drought, if these federal regulations were in place her cattle would have died from lack of water waiting to get a permit to dig out the spring on their land. This is a practice she and her family have done for generations to keep her cattle healthy in time of drought, but the EPA would have her cattle die for regulations.
Bigger government, more regulations never works. We have excellent well protected federal water plans with the current Federally upheld LAW. WHAT THE EPA IS SEEKING TO DO IS GO AROUND THE LAW.
Please call your elected officials in congress, send them an email, or write a good old fashioned snail mail. Contact Congress
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