The Environmental Protection Agency was happy to announce that they, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, have reached a final rule that would once and for all decide the fate of any body of water around the country and protect it as a “waters of the United States.”
Under this update to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and with public health in mind, the EPA can now fully regulate and control any water on any property they determine to drain or flow to another body of water used for public consumption or use. From the ruling:
This final rule interprets the CWA to cover those waters that require protection in order to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, or biological integrity of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, and the territorial seas. This interpretation is based not only on legal precedent and the best available peer-reviewed science, but also on the agencies’ technical expertise and extensive experience in implementing the CWA over the past four decades. The rule will clarify and simplify implementation of the CWA consistent with its purposes through clearer definitions and increased use of bright-line boundaries to establish waters that are jurisdictional by rule and limit the need for case-specific analysis. The agencies emphasize that, while the CWA establishes permitting requirements for covered waters to ensure protection of water quality, these requirements only apply with respect to discharges of pollutants to the covered water. In the absence of a discharge of a pollutant, the CWA does not impose permitting restrictions on the use of such water.
Basically, if it rains, the EPA could technically fine you if you use weed killer or some fertilizer’s. In my case, I live at the top of an area that is surrounded by flowing creeks in every direction. Because rain water flows down to these creeks in one fashion or another, the EPA could fine the average person for simply using weed killer on their lawn (I don’t, but just saying). It is easy to see water runoff and it’s pathway.
It will be interesting to watch and see some of the insane actions this rule will garnish. It’s just another way for the Fed’s to extort money from the people.