June 2, 2009
June 28–If you do not want to read this, at least watch the two 3- minute videos by scrolling down.
He who controls the water, controls private property– and controls the people. Now, as I had suspected for a few years, a multitude of governments control most waters in some way. Control of all water, including farm ponds, ditches and prairie potholes could be eminent with US Senate Bill 787 called the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) or its pending facsimiles.
After 30 years of improvement in water quality and hundreds of billions spent to gain a 95 per cent reduction of regulated contaminants in most places, somehow those watching over the water has declared the progress a failure and the Clean Water Act needs restoration.
In reality, the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) does not “restore” the CWA. Instead, it greatly expands its scope and jurisdiction. The bill would bring federal oversight to activities that affect all “waters of the United States” as opposed to merely “navigable waters” as called for in the original CWA. “Waters of the United States” is broadly defined in the legislation to include “all interstate and intrastate waters and their tributaries, including lakes, rivers, streams (including intermittent streams), mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, natural ponds, and all impoundments.” You can read the entire text here.
Water regulation is no longer upon rivers and industrial discharges like back in the early 1970s. Now, we have the rapidly mounting rules on lakes, groundwater, watersheds, wetlands, well water, dry ditches, and even dryland and sand piles. We also have cumbersome rules to protect endangered species, including small bugs and plants and rocks.
We not only have federal, state, county and city rules and policies controlling water and water quality but we have the other quasi-government entities, commissions, committees, boards, public/private partnerships, non-profits and other organizations calling the shots on water and every other environmental issue– including land-use planning in both urban and rural areas. To make matters worse there are all those shadow governments under the regionalism, that is regional “governments”, and the thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) commissioned and certified by the United Nations in the U.S. under Agenda 21 and its numerous other names. All of this, mind you, is well-funded by governments, corporations and foundations and their numerous partnerships.
These groups have been busy for years connecting all the water– that is, tracing the flow of water from the rain to the ground, to the flow into the ditch to the dry creek and the small stream, fed by springs and groundwater. They have concluded that to have pristine Eden-quality water, they will need to control all of it.
This 4-minute video, The Great Water Heist, explains how it is being done:
Here is what the largest and oldest private property freedom fighting organization said on June 2, 2009 about the pending law:
The proposed scheme would “expand the reach of federal land-use regulation to an unlimited extent, with every pond, puddle and ditch subject to control from Washington, D.C.,” said Hopper.
The proposed Clean Water Restoration Act is a good example of how big government is on the march—getting bigger, more arrogant and more aggressive against freedom, from city hall to state government to Congress and the .
Now here what Sen. Inhoff says about the water takeover:
Currently it has been illegal to collect rain water from rooftops of private homes in a part of Oregon and more recently in Colorado. In future you may need a special permit to wade in a small river to fly fish, to construct a barn or to water a large garden. Already, there is worries that your well water may not be good enough for your children.
Those locations where water rights and private property were not already taken by the state could now be taken by the federal governmnent and authority delegated to whomever it pleases.