More Ridiculous Federal Law:

During ‘mud’ season, a spring, in the woods behind my home gets a bit bubbly and forms a little stream (within ten feet of) beside my house.  It runs about 3 inches deep and flows off & on till about the end of June.  My dogs love it since they can lay in it and cool off on a hot day.  Thanks to Jean Shaheen and her friends in DC, the Federal government is soon to have jurisdiction over my property and what I do around this seasonal culvert activity which they will now OWN.  

Senate bill S.787 amends the ‘Federal Water Pollution Control Act’ to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States.  This little gem can be reviewed here:

The critical point of this ridiculous assumption of Federal authority over private property is that they redefine the waters of the United States (water BELONGING to the United States) by striking out “navigable waters of the United States” each place it appears and inserting “waters of the United States”.  Their new and improved definition of their authority to regulate, control and allegedly protect, defines ‘waters of the United States’ as follows: “The term ‘waters of the United States’ means all waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, the territorial seas, and 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 of the foregoing, to the fullest extent that these waters, or activities affecting these waters, are subject to the legislative power of Congress under the Constitution.

I built a deck off my slider this year.  Theoretically, according to those nitwits in the Senate and their minions at the US Army Corps of Engineers, I’ll be subject to their restrictions, their oversight and, to put a fine point on it, their ability to say NO to my deck in that my little seasonal culvert activity runs by my house !  God only knows what they’ll do to me if they find me chucking my half finished cigar or pouring my half finished, warm beer into it; I’ll probably be shanghaied off to Gitmo in Cuba for a waterboarding session.

You folks need to start thinking about what these people are doing.  You can’t keep thinking what they do doesn’t effect you.  Think about how many of you have a brook on your property, how many have a man-made pond.  How many of you have an intermittent stream - as I’ve described at my house or what they call a “wet meadow” - a perennial wet area where the water table is maintained at or close to the ground surface - which, frankly, could be your back yard during mud season.  Hell, under their definition of the “waters of the United States” they will have ownership and control over all of that as well as the culvert in front of your house!

With this new definition they will have the legal authority to control what you can do with YOUR private property.  This is no joke people.  These yahoos are saying THEY own all the water in the United States, no matter how small or how infrequently the water shows up on your property.  You’ll continue to pay property taxes on it but what you can ‘do’ with that water or your land that is adjacent to it is going to be up to them and the US Army.




Christopher T. Sununu

District 1

Mike J. Cryans

District 2

Andru Volinsky

District 3

Russell E Prescott

District 4

Theodore L. Gatsas

District 5

Debora B. Pignatelli

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