Power Grab: EPA Looking To Define Water-Filled Ditches And Slews As “Navigable Waterways”

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There are a lot of ways for the federal government to accumulate to itself new power, but one particularly odious maneuver is through the self-serving redefinition of certain key terms in the law. Case in point, the EPA’s efforts to redefine water-filled slews and ditches as “navigable waterways.”

Why is such a definition important? Because if a water-filled slow, or some inundated part of a farmer’s field, is something more than just a temporary puddle of water then their authority under the Clean Water Act kicks in. Which means they can use that authority to roadblock development and use of the land.

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers drafted the new guidelines to implement Supreme Court decisions in the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County case in 2001 and the Rapanos case in 2006 after the decisions removed some waters from federal protection and caused confusion about what remained protected.

However, the lawmakers say the jurisdictional limits set by the court are being ignored in order to justify the expansion of the agencies’ control.

The new language is intended to protect smaller waters that could potentially feed pollution downstream to larger bodies of water, but because it is not a formal rule, it cannot be enforced in the courts.

“Although guidance does not have the force of law, it is frequently used by federal agencies to explain and clarify their understandings of existing requirements,” the new guidelines say.

This expansion of power through redefinition of the law is a major problem. It allows organizations like the EPA to essentially legislate without Congress.

The EPA should not be a government unto itself.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Stan Brewer

    Instead of just overturning a few regulations, the courts — especially SCOTUS — should just overturn the law that set up the EPA in the first place and finally get rid of that Commie outfit.

  • Camsaure

    Anyone ever asked Rick Berg what he thinks should be done about the EPA?

    • Lianne

      Have you asked him?  You can, you know.

      • Camsaure

        All he ever sends back is form letters.

  • Edd

    I hope more people are waking up to the huge overreach of this administration.  Our personal rights are not being eroded away, they are being slashed!  And since most live in cities where the issues don’t directly affect them, they think they don’t have to worry about it.  Kind of like Nazi Germany, “When they came for the Jews I didn’t care, I wasn’t one…….”

  • SigFan

    Looking back at the inception of the EPA it was at a time when the landscape was covered with fast-food packaging trash, the Cuyahoga river burned and smog was a major problem.  Cleaning up those kinds of things was a worthy goal, but the EPA has since metastasized into something it was never intended to be.  Let’s hope the next administration reins these thugs disguised as bureaucrats in – or better yet simply abolishes the agency altogether.

  • 2hotel9

    According to NOAA, any “body” of water on which and inflatable device can be floated falls into the category of “navigable waterway”, so EPA is just following their sister agency’s lead.

  • Ratbite

    Wonder if this will jeopardize Fargo’s flood control progam of killing off it’s neighboring small communities. Best tell Kindred & Oxbow to get hold of the EPA. It might just be their salvation.

  • Kyky

    that would be “sloughs”

  • $8194357

    Going global in June in RIO…
    UN AGENDA 21 Enviromental sustainability and third world economic
    redistributive justice…

    Satanic in origin..The search for EDEN or Utopia promised by
    Lucifer to move the
    AGENDA “FORWARD”..

    Root systems folks…root systems of satanic leftist ideolgy,
    finance and “Paridise Lost”…

    From “simple structures complex ideogies grow and flow”.
    A false god with lies annd ideogies of “if only”…

    Quote:

    “The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority,
    revolt in which we see the fecund germ of all human emancipations,
    the revolution.

    Jewish supremacist rabbi, Harry Waton, confessed that not only is
    Communism Jewish, but that it is simply a mechanism for Jewish
    world dominion and the subjugation of all non-Jews —
    a fulfillment of the megalomaniacal messianic vision of the Torah and
    the Talmud.
    In his 1939 book,
    “A Program for The Jews and An Answer To All Anti-Semites:
    A Program for Humanity”,
    the racist rabbi wrote:
    “It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an
    accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism;
    all this was in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.
    The Jews should realize that Jehovah no longer dwells in heaven,
    but he dwells in us right here on earth; we must no longer look up to Jehovah
    as above us and outside of us, but we must see him right within us,”
    (p. 148) “Since the Jews are the highest and most cultured people on earth, the
    Jews have a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be
    the masters over the whole earth. Now, indeed, this is the historic destiny of the Jews,”
    (p. 99)

    “Judaism is communism, internationalism, the universal brotherhood of man, the emancipation of the working class and the human society. It is with these spiritual weapons that the Jews will conquer the world and the human race.”
    (p. 100) [pdf 2012 Feb]
    The Jew World Order Unmasked

    “He had that clear Talmudic mind which does not falter at the petty
    difficulties of fact. He was a Talmudist devoted to sociology and applying
    his native power of exegesis to the criticism of economic theory.

    He was inspired by that ancient Hebraic materialism, which, rejecting as too
    distant and doubtful the hope of an Eden after death, never ceased to dream
    “of Paradise realized on earth”.

    But Marx was not merely a logician, he was also a rebel, an agitator, an
    acrid controversialist, and he derived his gift for sarcasm and invective,
    as Heine did, from his Jewish ancestry.”
    (Lazare, Bernard. “Antisemitism,
    Its History and Causes”, p. 129)

    Satan [is] the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds.”
    — Mikhail Bakunin,
    Russian anarchist,
    friend of Karl Marx
    End quote

    The leftist search for Utopia…
    Jewish Communist Illuminati’s quest for EDEN
    promised by Lucifer…

    Jewish supremacist rabbi, Harry Waton, confessed that not only is Communism
    Jewish, but that it is simply a mechanism for Jewish world dominion and the
    subjugation of all non-Jews — a fulfillment of the megalomaniacal messianic
    vision of the Torah and the Talmud. (sounds alot like Sharia, huh 7.62)

    In his 1939 book, “A Program for The Jews and An Answer To All Anti-Semites:
    A Program for Humanity”, the racist rabbi wrote:

    “It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism,
    and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism;
    all this was in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.
    The Jews should realize that Jehovah no longer dwells in heaven,
    but he dwells in us right here on earth; we must no longer look up to Jehovah as
    above us and outside of us, but we must see him right within us,” (p. 148)
    “Since the Jews are the highest and most cultured people on earth, the Jews have
    a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be the masters
    over the whole earth. Now, indeed, this is the historic destiny of the Jews,”
    (p. 99)

    “Judaism is communism,
    internationalism,
    the universal brotherhood of man,
    the emancipation of the working class and the human society.

    It is with these spiritual weapons that the Jews will conquer the world
    and the human race”.
    (p. 100) [
    pdf 2012 Feb]
    The Jew World Order Unmasked

    “He had that clear Talmudic mind which does not falter at the
    “petty difficulties of fact”.

    He was a Talmudist devoted to sociology and applying his native power of
    exegesis to the criticism of economic theory. He was inspired by that ancient
    Hebraic materialism, which, rejecting as too distant and doubtful the hope of
    an Eden after death, never ceased to dream of Paradise realized on earth.

    But Marx was not merely a logician, he was also a rebel, an agitator, an
    acrid controversialist, and he derived his gift for sarcasm and invective,
    as Heine did, from his Jewish ancestry.”
    (Lazare, Bernard. “Antisemitism, Its History and Causes”, p. 129)

    End quote

    One world utopian search for life devoid of the God of creation and the Bible..
    Truth is reletive…by any means nessacary….Devoid of the need for facts..
    100’s of millions died for the “ideogies of Utopia and Sharia”
    Fascist both…
    One World New World Order?
    UN AGENDA 21?
    All that stands in the way?
    Israel and American National Soverienty…
    Both in extreme danger, huh?

    http://www.renewamerica.com/analysis/hutchison/120614

    Quote:

    The best of Fred Hutchison
    Utopia: The perpetual delusion of the left

    June 14, 2012
    Fred Hutchison,
    RenewAmerica analyst
    Originally published
    September 14, 2004

    When I was eighteen, I knew that the left is generally deceived.
    It required a few years to find out what the core delusion was,
    but many years to appreciate how radical is the lie they believe and
    why it leads to so much deception. The idealism of the left is based upon
    the romantic delusion that “progress” is inevitable and is leading us
    to a future utopia.

    Utopia is a romantic fantasy of a perfect future secular society on earth
    “built by man with God left out”.

    The cruel delusion of utopia is responsible for many of the
    twentieth-century disasters such as brutal dictatorships, major wars,
    countless atrocities, and destructive revolutionary movements.

    Why is utopia a false hope?
    Original sin. We are born contaminated by the nature of sin.
    All parts of our human nature are infected and corrupted.
    Such beings are constitutionally incapable of utopia.

    Yet, against all reason, experience, and common sense,
    many hope for an impossible utopia.

    Perhaps utopia is a substitute for heaven in a post-Christian secular society.

    End quote:

    The non zionist Jewish illuminati bankers have been convinced
    Satan is god…He dwells within them..
    Lucifer has convinced these globalist elitists that EDEN is here on
    earth for those who follow him FORWARD
    to totalitarian Communism/Sharia fascism..

    The leftist search for utopia comes from this lie from the pits of hell…

    Follow satan the first born radicle…The first free thinker..
    The god of this world…

    THE FIRST SNAKE OIL SALEMAN.
    .
    Big C communists and little g jihadists..fascist both..

    Quote:

    http://www.whale.to/c/karl_marx.html

    Marx tolerated no ideas but the Illuminist ones which were
    later known as Marxist. Marxism merely gave the dark Illuminist
    powers a
    “hypocritical method and a verbose phraseology”,
    (calling something 180 degree opposite of what it was 7.62)
    which they could use to “justify any kind of enormity they committed”.
    (Alinsky’s “any means nessacary 7.62)

    Since this doctrine was unscientific, they would never in all their
    attempts be able to put the Marxist theories into practice.

    Under the sign of the Scorpion- the Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
    by Juri Lina

    ‘Marx’s chief aim was the destruction of religion. ‘

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