NCBA ACTION ALERT:
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) plans to hold a mark-up of S. 787 – the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 – next Thursday, May 7, 2009. This bill would take away your rights to manage the water on your private property! WE NEED YOUR HELP to defeat this bill by calling the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today and telling them NOT TO MARK-UP S. 787.
Currently, waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act are defined as “navigable waters of the United States.” The Clean Water Restoration Act would remove the word “navigable” from the definition which would give the federal government, for the first time, the power to regulate all waters within a state including: small and intermittent streams, mudflats, sloughs, mud holes, wet meadows, playa lakes, natural and manmade ponds including stockponds, groundwater, ditches, pipes, streets, gutters, ephemeral drainages, wet farmland, drain tiles, and more.
This would take authority away from state governments and private property owners. Federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction would be brought all the way to the ranch, and would amount to a huge land grab on the part of the federal government!
Please tell the Environment and Public Works Committee NOT TO MARK-UP S. 787 by calling 202-224-8832 today!
Should the bill be passed by the Committee, it will then be voted upon by the Senate. To urge your Senators to oppose S. 787, please CLICK HERE!