Sunday, August 15, 2010

Obama Taking Your Water and Your Land: Great Outdoor Land Grab Initiative Underway

What is the one natural resource we cannot live without? The answer is water. How do you feel about the government owning and/or controlling ALL of the water in the U.S.? The government wants your pond. And they will get it through numerous manipulative ways. Several times here I have reported on the Obama land grabs. Today we learn of one more, and friends, we need to know the difference between "navigable waters" and the "waters of the United States."

Obama Taking Your Water and Your Land

Michelle Malkin's column says the Great Outdoors Initiative is out take our land, both public and private. The plan has quietly been underway since April when Obama issued a memo:

It was addressed to the Interior Secretary, the Agriculture Secretary, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The memo calls on the officials to conduct “listening and learning sessions” with the public to “identify the places that mean the most to Americans, and leverage the support of the Federal Government” to “protect” outdoor spaces. Eighteen of 25 planned sessions have already been held. But there’s much more to the agenda than simply “reconnecting Americans to nature.”
The federal government, as the memo boasted, is the nation’s “largest land manager.” It already owns roughly one of every three acres in the United States. This is apparently not enough. At a “listening session” in New Hampshire last week, government bureaucrats trained their sights on millions of private forest land throughout the New England region. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack crusaded for “the need for additional attention to the Land and Water Conservation Fund — and the need to promptly support full funding of that fund.”
Malkin says both the House and the Senate has set aside $900 million each for funding The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - a government slush fund for buying up private lands - and doling out the funds needs no input from the appropriations Committee - meaning no oversight - not votes.

In September 2009, when we were talking about the preservation of the Delta Smelt to the expense of water for agriculture in California's Central Valley, I went back and resurrected American Daughter's post on the Clean Water Act and the "waters of the United States." Senate Bill 787 would change the language of the Federal Water Pollution Act from government jurisdiction over only "navigable waters," to 'waters of the United States'...
WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES- 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. 

The above means your pond, your stream. Since the above is a change to the Clean Waters Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, I'm not sure how government control of your pond or stream is constitutional.

Malkin says that the Great Outdoors Initiative has a website that taxpayers pay for:
The initiative’s taxpayer-funded website has been dominated by left-wing environmental activists proposing human population reduction, private property confiscation, and gun bans, hunting bans and vehicle bans in national parks. It’s time for private property owners to send their own loud, clear message to the land-hungry feds.

In my original post in September 9, I told a true story of Arab countries in 1967 attempting to divert Israel's irrigation water. That ater was instrumental in the 1967 War. Letting government control our private water is a grave and mammoth mistake. Thanks to The Lonely Conservative for the latest on government land grabs.

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