17 Jun 2009 Quote of Note: Clean Water Restoration Act Means Troubled Waters
“For years, the 1972 Clean Water Act has been misused in the name of protecting America’s waters and wetlands. The statute’s original limitation that its key provisions only apply to navigable waters was largely ignored. Instead, the law was broadly applied to a wide variety of circumstances, including remote and inconsequential drainage ditches or temporary puddles and even to completely dry land.
The statute’s complex and costly provisions interfered with the economic use of the lands it encompassed, including farming and ranching operations, construction of housing and other buildings, and domestic oil and gas production.
Fortunately, two Supreme Court decisions, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. United States in 2001, and Rapanos v. United States in 2006 partially reined in these excesses.
Now, the CWRA seeks to overturn these Supreme Court decisions and make the statute more expansive than ever. In fact, it would turn the Clean Water Act into what some analysts believe to be the most dangerous federal intrusion on private property rights in existence…”
-Ben Lieberman, “The Clean Water Restoration Act Means Troubled Waters For Property Owners,” Heritage Foundation The Foundry blog, June 17, 2009