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Thursday 08/28/14

EPA Water Rule Starts in the Ephemeral Streams
What does it mean to have land next to a water body of the United States compared to not being adjacent to those waters? That's a big question considering how EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers classify and treat water "tributaries" if this proposed rule goes into effect.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:27PM CDT 08/28/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Does the definition also include, "Hydric soils"?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:28PM CDT 08/28/14
In its broadest sense, the EPA truly wants to regulate every inch of drainage in the country. Where I live, in water-rich Ohio, virtually every farm has a drainage ditch, creek, wash, or similar tributary. This would enable their long and onerous arm to reach into the farm operations of virtually every farm in my state. I hope Secretary Vilsack has some say in this. If not, virtually all of the drainage in the country will be regulated by the EPA. How glorious would that be? Secretary Vilsack, are you watching this debacle unfold?
Posted by tom vogel at 10:46AM CDT 08/31/14
Tying crop insurance to wetland compliance, new rules from EPA, just coincidence? I think not! The days of property rights, freedom and liberty on our own property are gone along with TRUE private property ownership. Govt agencies and employees running things without oversight or accountability. No trial by a jury of your peers but instead judgement by an activist/govt employee that don't even have to answer to congress. Not much freedom or liberty left. Some day they will combine Memorial Day and Independence Day so we morn the end of our independence. They can't even give us a credible map to say what they have jurisdiction over, that's because they want to protect their right to have jurisdiction over everything.
Posted by Unknown at 10:56AM CDT 08/31/14
Reynolds; "not intrude on private property rights". Are you kidding me?! Why do this "ruling" if that's the case? If its not raining, why carry an umbrella?
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:14AM CDT 09/02/14
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