June 1st, 2009 7:27 PM by Sherry Lee
A key Wetlands Bill Coming In Congress. It is called the Clean Water Restoration Act. The new Senate number is S 787. And the Senate is likely to move on S 787 shortly. There is no number yet in the House. It should be introduced in the House soon. Contact your Senators immediately. -----Do you want the Corps and EPA in your backyard? -----Do you want the EPA and Corps to control your water? -----Do you want the Corps and EPA to control all your watersheds?
That's what will happen if the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787) passes Congress. Besides private property, the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S 787) threatens businesses, agriculture, small communities, grazing, forestry, mining and many other uses on private and Federal land. It will affect many kinds of manufacturing companies and businesses. The Real Goal of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S787) is to give Corps and EPA Control over your water and all your watersheds. That means National Land Use Controls as well as control over all your water and land. That’s because all land is in a watershed. The proposed Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787), which has no House bill number yet, will give the Corps and EPA control over your property and water. It will redefine what the term "wetlands" means in the law. It will eliminate the requirement that the Corps and EPA limit their jurisdiction to "Navigable" waters and give those agencies control over any water or "activities" affecting water. Congress is considering expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to include all waters of the United States and not limit it to "navigable waters" as is currently the law under two Supreme Court Decisions, the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001. Congress is also considering expanding Clean Water Act jurisdiction to include all "activities affecting these waters." In other words, the bill is a double whammy: It expands the definition of waters and gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Corps of Engineers (Corps) and other Federal agencies control over activities that affect waters - any land use activities. The Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) is bouncing around the House Committee. It should be introduced shortly. Here are the two Committees that have jurisdiction. You can see a complete list of Members at www.landrights.org.-----House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee-----Senate Environment and Public Works CommitteeThe Clean Water Restoration Act is a massive land and water grab. You need to read the following information and then contact both your Senators and your Congressman. Early action by you gives us a good chance to defeat the CWRA (S787) and prevents your Congressman from signing on as a co-sponsor. Action Items1. Please forward this message as widely as possible. 2. Go to www.landrights.org to see the Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Go to www.landrights.org to check if any of your Senators or Congressman are on the Committees listed above. You have a lot more power if you find your Congressman or Senator is on the list of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House or the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate.3. Write, call, fax and e-mail both your Senators even if they are not listed on the Environment and Public Works Committee. You may call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. Ask for the staff person who handles the Wetlands, Corps of Engineers or the Environment and Public Works Committee. Request his or her e-mail address or fax number. You can write any Senator at:
Honorable ___________________U. S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510. It is better to fax your letter because time may be short. You can use the revised and updated New Clean Water Restoration Act Corps of Engineers, EPA and Wetlands Testimony Questionnaire available in both formatted and text version at www.landrights.org.4. Write, call, fax and e-mail your Congressman in opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act no matter if he or she is on either of the two Committees listed above. What is you need to know is written below. You may call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121. We've made it easy to write by setting up two versions of the Testimony Questionnaire on the website www.landrights.org.The first version is a formatted version you can print out, add your comments to, and fax or mail it to your Senators or your Congressman.The second version is an unformatted text version you can put in your word processor, edit to meet your needs and concerns, and then e-mail to your Senators and Congressman. Just go to www.landrights.org and the two versions for the Senate and the two versions for the House will be right on the home page. When you call your Congressman, ask for the staff person who handles Wetlands, the Corps of Engineers or the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and request his or her e-mail address. You can write any Congressman at:
Honorable _______________ US House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 205155. Be sure to tape a printed copy of this e-mail to your refrigerator door so you can refer to it in the future. This is going to be a huge battle and will take time and action by you to save your water and land.What the bill supporters are doing is using the term "Clean Water," which everybody wants, as a tool to pass legislation (CWRA) that is really about land use control and has little or nothing to do with clean water. It is a huge rural land grab but it affects urban areas too. Their target is land use control over all lands, both urban and rural. What the Clean Water Restoration Act does is give the Corps of Engineers and EPA control over all private property in the US by changing the definition of "wetlands" under the Clean Water Act of 1972 expanding the regulatory reach of the Corps and EPA over private property. For more information, please visit American Land Rights Association web site at: www.landrights.org.