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  • I Support Trump’s Skinny Budget

    I Support Trump’s Skinny Budget

    The United State of American Dependence?

    Let’s Start below, with the United Nations, the 28 independent (states)members of NATO, dependent on United States of America for their defense.

    I AM AN VOTING TAXPAYING AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO SUPPORTS THE VITAL WORK OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. “AMERICA FIRST” 

    I’M POSTING THIS COMMENT TO EXPRESS MY FULL AND TOTAL SUPPORT OF  PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL, WHICH INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS FUNDING, THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE EPA.

    President Trump said in a message accompanying his budget plan: “A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority because without safety, there can be no prosperity.”

    Certainly Trump must stop using LAW ABIDING American taxpayer’s money to support the  dependent Sanctuary States and Cities that refuse to uphold federal laws on violent criminal illegal aliens.

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended swinging budget cuts to his own department proposed by President Donald Trump.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP’S  BUDGET PLAN, KNOWN AS A “SKINNY BUDGET”, WILL BE LIMITED TO THE $1,000,000,000,000.00 TRILLION  PORTION OF THE $4,000,000,000,000.00 TRILLION ANNUAL FEDERAL BUDGET THAT PAYS FOR US AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS.

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    The United State of American Dependence?

    The United Nations, the 28 members of NATO, dependent on America for their defense.

     How odd,  they are identified as, 28 “INDEPENDENT” MEMBER COUNTRIES?  While, dependent on American taxpayer dollars  for their defense.

    NATO – Member countries

    www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/nato_countries.htm

    Feb 6, 2017 – NATO IS AN ALLIANCE THAT CONSISTS OF 28 INDEPENDENT MEMBER COUNTRIES. Country by country, this page offers an overview of the links to national …

    Daily chart: Military spending by NATO members | The Economist

    www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/02/daily-chart-11

    Feb 16, 2017 – The differences between NATO members′ defence budgets grew larger …  AMERICAN COMPLAINTS ABOUT PAYING MORE THAN ITS FAIR …

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    UNDER OBAMA’S “STATES OF DEPENDENCE”  FOR EIGHT YEARS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS ACCUMULATED A $20,000,000,000,000.00 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT.

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    The United Nations states of Dependence?

    The United Nations member states are the 193 sovereign states that are members of the United Nations (UN) and have equal representation in the UN General Assembly.

    Feb 1, 2017 – “All of our Hard working American  taxpayers are paying roughly 22% of the U.N. budget.” ..

    How much does the United States contribute to the UN? | PolitiFact …

    www.politifact.com/global-news/statements/2017/…/us-contribution-un-22-percent/

    Feb 1, 2017 – “All of our taxpayers are paying roughly 22% of the U.N. budget.” … Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, HIGHLIGHTED THE SUBSTANTIAL ROLE THE UNITED STATES PLAYS IN FUNDING THE U.N. during the confirmation hearing for U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. The U.N. and U.S. budget documents show…..

    HARD WORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYING CITIZENS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF PAYING MORE THAN OUR FAIR SHARE FUNDING  TO AND FOR THE GLOBALIZATION OF UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21. period

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    $2,957,000,000: U.S. Taxpayers Will Fund Lion’s Share of UN Budget …

    www.cnsnews.com/…/three-billion-and-counting-us-taxpayers-will-fund-lions-share-u…

    DEC 27, 2015WHEN DECISIONS ARE MADE ON THE U.N. BUDGET, the U.S. has the … budget process than the 0.001 percent paid by the lowest-assessed nations.

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    AND U.S. FOREIGN AID? ASSISTANCE IN TERMS OF ARMS SALES?

    THE MASSIVE SCALE OF ASSISTANCE THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES TO NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD is a reflection of its ubiquitous presence on the world stage, AND THE SHEER SIZE OF ITS economy.

    The United States provides far more assistance than any other country in the world, AND IN TERMS OF ARMS SALES, it controls at least half the global market.

    How stupid do they think voting American Citizens are?

    Feeding the starving children of the world? By providing foreign nations with MILITARY ARMS so they can kill each other?

    AND THE SHEER SIZE OF UNITED STATES DEBT? $20,000,000,000,000.00 TRILLION DOLLARS

    WHY WOULD VOTING, HARD WORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYING CITIZENS COMPLAIN ABOUT U.S. FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOR FOREIGN MILITARY ARMS AND CALLING IT FOREIGN AID?

    THE MONEY COMES FROM THE STATE AND DEFENSE DEPARTMENTS AND a slew of other agencies.

    In the breakdown above, we have laid out where the $42.4 billion will go in 2017.

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    President Trump’s State Department said the budget blueprint “supports other critical foreign assistance efforts, including global health and humanitarian assistance programs,”

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    How stupid do they think voting American Citizens are?

    BARACK OBAMA’S SIGNATURE( BY EXECUTIVE ORDER?) INITIATIVE FOR AFRICA — A $9.7 BILLION PLAN….. providing affordable lighting for 60,000 households?

    OBAMA  WAS AN IDIOT, HE PLEDGED TO PROVIDE “LIGHT WHERE CURRENTLY THERE IS DARKNESS”

    AND, OBAMA DOUBLED DOWN FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION OF DONALD J. TRUMP

    EXECUTIVE ORDER ON NOVEMBER 03, 2016

    Executive Order — Advancing the Goals of the Power Africa Initiative to Expand Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa Through the Establishment of the President’s Power Africa Working Group

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    President Trump’s State Department said the budget blueprint “supports other critical foreign assistance efforts, including global health and humanitarian assistance programs,”

    PRESIDENT TRUMP’S  BUDGET PLAN, KNOWN AS A “SKINNY BUDGET” SHALL PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE…….

    Ethiopia faces new drought, seeks urgent aid for 5 million | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/…/2017/…/ethiopia-faces-new-drought-seeks-urgent-aid-for-5-millio…

    JAN 28, 2017Ethiopia is struggling to counter a new drought in its east that … 28, 2017. … against “dramatizing by saying this may degenerate into famine.”.

     

    MAR 8, 2017 – THE MENSCHEN FÜR MENSCHEN CHARITY HAS SAID 5.7 MILLION ETHIOPIANS COULD DIE .

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    HOW LONG HAVE  AFRICAN’S LIVED WITHOUT LIGHTS?

    HOW MANY WELLS COULD HAVE BEEN DUG WITH A $9.7 BILLION DOLLAR WATER INITIATIVE FOR AFRICA?

    HOW LONG CAN A HUMAN BEING LIVE WITHOUT WATER?

    HOW LONG CAN A HUMAN BEING LIVE WITH OUT FOOD?

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    Obama’s Africa Power Plan Falls Short, Leaving Continent in Dark …

    https://www.bloomberg.com/…/africa-left-in-dark-as-9-7-billion-obama-power-plan-f…

    Sep 21, 2016 – Obama’s Africa Power Plan Falls Short, Leaving Continent in Dark … President BARACK OBAMA’S SIGNATURE INITIATIVE FOR AFRICA A $9.7 BILLION PLAN to double … A burgeoning market for solar panels is cropping up in places like … Obama pledged to provide “light where currently there is darkness” and double …

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    AND THE LIBERAL’S ESTABLISHMENT OF AGENDA 21 GLOBALIZATION BABBLED, AND THE LIBERAL MEDIA QUOTED…….

    “I JUST THINK THERE IS NOT A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OR APPRECIATION OF WHAT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ACTUALLY IS WITHIN THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP,” A USAID OFFICIAL TOLD POLITICO.

    Some lawmakers say the real cuts are actually deeper than the 28 percent Trump’s aides mention. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland’s office said that WHEN THE ENTIRE “INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUDGET” SECTION IS CONSIDERED — which includes more than just State and USAID — it’s more like a 36 percent cut to a $58 billion budget.

    THE MONEY, $42.4 billion in 2017  COMES FROM THE STATE AND DEFENSE DEPARTMENTS AND a slew of other agencies.

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    AND PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DEPLORABLES SAID, WE ARE NOT AS STUPID AS YOU THINK WE ARE.

     WE HAVE A VERY DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ACTUALLY IS  AND WE FULLY APPRECIATE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SKINNY BUDGET PLAN.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP’S  BUDGET PLAN, KNOWN AS A “SKINNY BUDGET” SHALL PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE……. It “supports other critical foreign assistance efforts, including global health and humanitarian assistance programs”

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BUDGET  U.S. FOREIGN AID ASSISTANCE IN TERMS OF ARMS SALES?

    CRITICAL? FEEDING THE STARVING CHILDREN OF THE WORLD?

    BY PROVIDING FOREIGN NATIONS WITH MILITARY ARMS SO THEY CAN KILL EACH OTHER?

    I THINK NOT!


  • Feb 28, 2017 POTUS Executes WOTUS

    PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (POTUS) DONALD J. TRUMP

    SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

    Indeed, Trump Signed an Executive Order to Begin Water Rule Rollback

    In President Trump’s own words, “With today’s executive order I’m directing the EPA to take action paving the way for the elimination of this very destructive and horrible rule,” Trump said.

    “The EPA so-called Waters of the United States rule is one of the worst examples of federal regulation, and it has truly run amok, and is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land,” Trump said. “It’s prohibiting them from being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. It has been a disaster.”

    The rule was signed by President Obama in May of 2015, (the master of several disasters) and went into effect in late August of 2015.

    President Trump’s  Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt was  sworn in on Feb 17, 2017. “They” say….Scott Pruitt is the EPA’s Legal Nemesis

    POTUS Executes WOTUS

    They” say it was a hatchet job.

    “They” say 3000 jobs will be lost at the EPA.

    I say great, 3000 more ways to downsize the government

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    START HERE… WHERE EVERYTHING FEDERAL STARTS….

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotuswater-runs-down-hill/

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

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    The EPA is earning a reputation for abuse – The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/…epa-is…abuse/…/gIQAucvzzT_story.html

    May 3, 2012Earlier this year, Mike and Chantell Sackett brought a case against the EPA to the Supreme Court, challenging a “compliance order” …

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    Apr 4, 2012 www.nationalreview.com/article/295188

    That subtext to the Sackett opinion is one that the lower courts (who try to avoid being overruled) can read as clearly as EPA.
    Congress should subpoena Al Armendariz, the EPA’s regional administrator, to come explain how this whole fiasco happened.
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    Apr 25, 2012 – Uploaded by Senator Jim Inhofe

    2010, video  which shows a top EPA official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, using the vivid metaphor of crucifixion to explain EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3GB_b7Nuo
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     Apr 4, 2012

    The EPA Abuses First, Apologizes Later – | National Review

    www.nationalreview.com/article/295188

    Apr 4, 2012 – EPA can issue emergency orders to anybody. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Sackett v. EPA, which insisted that citizens hit with an …

     The EPA Abuses First, Apologizes Later
    April 4, 2012 4:00 AM @Mario_A_Loyola

    The regulatory state’s biggest bully beats up another victim.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/295188

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    May 29, 2012

    Senate Republicans Request Answers on EPAís Sackett … – Inhofe

    www.inhofe.senate.gov/…/senate-republicans-request-answers-on-epais-sackett-comm…

    May 29, 2012Senate Republicans Request Answers on EPA’s Sackett Comments … Post saying that the agency is ‘earning a reputation for abuse.’ EPA …

    Just saying….

    May 29, 2012 The establishment’s GOP asked questions and talked about it

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    Sep 4, 2015

    Behind My Back | PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/plf-lawsuit-on-wotus/

    Sep 4, 2015 – PLF lawsuit on WOTUS Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit … www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/12/who-is-protecting–we-the-people/.

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    Feb 11, 2016

    Behind My Back | A Wetland is A WOTUS

    www.behindmyback.org/category/a-wetland-is-a-wotus/

    Feb 11, 2016 – www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/26/let–me–ask–america-a-question/ ….. www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus–water-runs-down-hill/.

    The Environmental Protection Agency says ANY BODIES OF WATER near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will (RUN DOWN HILL AND) fall under federal regulation.

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    THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!
    NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, GRAVITY RUNS WATER DOWN HILL

    WA STATE GOVERNMENT IS BOUND BY THE GRAVITY FED TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT of WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS.
    Indeed, WA State Dept. of Ecology “DID”  ADOPT AND DESIGNATE THE SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY BODIES OF WATER, within 4,000 feet of a navigable water, including wetlands near a river, lake, saltwater, or standing water, that (run down hill) can affect waterways (run down hill and) “COULD” affect the environment, that

    SHALL fall under the WOTUS Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act and become subject to EPA review and control.

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    The EPA’s enforcement policy and tactics for WETLANDS

    EPA’s abuse of the Sacketts inspires latest thriller by CJ Box

    www.pacificlegal.org › Home › News & Media
    Pacific Legal Foundation

    Mar 12, 2013“EPA is not above the law — that’s the bottom line with the Sacketts‘ Supreme Court victory,” said PLF Principal Attorney Damien Schiff, who …

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     EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers.

    EPA Official: EPAs “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3GB_b7Nuo
    Apr 25, 2012 – Uploaded by Senator Jim Inhofe

    A video from 2010, which shows a top EPA official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, using the vivid metaphor of crucifixion to explain EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers.

    Just saying…

    Apr 25, 2012 The establishment’s GOP watched it and talked about it.

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    On Feb 28, 2017 with the stroke of his pen in President Trump’s own words, “With today’s executive order I’m directing the EPA to take action paving the way for the elimination of this very destructive and horrible rule,” Trump said.

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    March 2, 2017 UNDER WOTUS, THE EPA’S  POLICY FOR ENFORCEMENT HAS  ABUSED HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING IMPRISONMENT.

    HOW HORRIBLE IS THAT….

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    Post on Pie N Politics

    WOTUS overturned! Now pardon Joe Robertson!

    Clean Water ACT – EPA, CORRUPTION, Federal gov & land grabs, President Trump and officials
    On the back of today’s Executive Order, Joe deserves an immediate, unconditional federal pardon.
    ….
    To be Continued…

  • Pruitt Draining the EPA Swamp?

    Feb 19, 2017 The good news is….  PRUITT HAS BEEN SWORN IN

    (And according to Reuters)    THE REAL FRENZY WILL BEGIN.

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    BY DEFINITION THE REAL FRENZY STARTED THE DAY DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT … AND HAS INTENSIFIED EVERYDAY SINCE JUNE 16, 2015

    A REAL FRENZY INDEED…..

    A temporary madness, in a rage amounting to a FRENZY

    A violent mental or emotional agitation

    Almost weeping in a FRENZY of anxiety …

    Intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity

    The mob chanted itself into a FRENZY extreme mental agitation

    Wild excitement or derangement.

    A fit or spell of violent mental excitement

     A paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania

    According to Reuters? NEXT WEEK THE REAL FRENZY WILL BEGIN?

    But next week, once Pruitt is sworn in, the real frenzy will begin. According to Reuters, President Donald Trump plans to sign between two and five environmental executive orders aimed at the EPA and possibly the State Department.

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    Fox News, Sen. John Barrasoso, January 17, 2017

    Sen. Barrasso: For 8 years the EPA has made life hard for too many Americans. That’s about to change
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    Sen. John Barrasso penned an op-ed noting how the outgoing administration’s EPA “THE  EPA HAS ABUSED AND ATTACKED FAR TOO MANY HARD-WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES According to Barrasso, “President-elect Trump has vowed that his administration will overturn two federal regulations for every new one it proposes.

    The administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt, will play a vital role in keeping that promise

    ABUSE AND ATTACK,  PART AND PARCEL, OF THE EPA REIGN OF TERROR AND TYRANNY

    Scott Pruitt Will End Obama’s EPA Tyranny – The PolitiStick

    politistick.com/pruitt-heads-epa-leftist-slavery-ended/

    Jan 16, 2017 – Obama used the EPA as his personal hit squad. … Ending leftist government bullying will spark a new era of American prosperity – investors risking …. disasters that have plagued america during Ojackasses reign of terror.

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    Behind My Back | End the EPA Reign of Terror?

    www.behindmyback.org/category/end-the-epareign-of-terror/

    TRUMP FREEZES EPA Grants and Contracts. Trump moved to block implementation of at least 30 environmental rules finalized in the closing months of …

    WHY WOULD ANY AMERICA CITIZEN CONSIDER CRUCIFIXION BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) TO BE TERROR? 

    This kind of bullying and intimidation of Americans by a federal agency must be shut down.

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    CRUCIFIXION BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
    JUN 29, 2012 – TWO MONTHS AFTER (OBAMA’S APPOINTED) EPA’S “WE CRUCIFY THEM” AL ARMENDARIZ REGION VI ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNED THE SIERRA CLUB HIRED HIM.  TAKING AL ARMENDARIZ’S  SAME EPA “PHILOSOPHY OF CRUCIFIXION ENFORCEMENT” BY  TO THE SIERRA CLUB.

    Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, emailed the following statement “The resignation of Dr. Al Armendariz as Region 6 EPA administrator is a major loss for Texas. He brought a breath of fresh air – literally and figuratively – to Texas in his vigorous enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act. . Dr. Armendariz was one of the best Region 6 EPA administrators who have served since the post was created in the 1970s.

    YEP, EPA ENFORCEMENT BY CRUCIFIXION  IS LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY A VIGOROUS TERROR BULLYING AND INTIMIDATION OF AMERICANS BY A FEDERAL AGENCY.

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    Feb 19, 2017 

    Scott Pruitt Confirmed and Sworn in as EPA Administrator | U.S. EPA …

    https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/scottpruitt-confirmed-and-swornepaadministrator

    AL ARMENDARIZ WAS THE EPA REGION 6 ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Draining the EPA Swamp?

    A huge task considering how many Obama appointed EPA leftovers are still in place, according to their personal biography’s, below.

    Check them out….. You decided

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    Current EPA Leadership

    EPA is headed by an Administrator, who is supported by a Deputy, five Associate, twelve Assistant, and ten Regional Administrators. You can find information below about key EPA leaders in these offices:


    EPA Administrator

    Deputy Administrator

    Mike Flynn

    Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn

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    Assistant Administrators

    Office of Administration and Resource Management (OARM)

    Donna Vizian

    Acting Assistant Administrator Donna Vizian

    Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)

    Sarah Dunham

    Acting Assistant Administrator Sarah Dunham

    Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP)

    Wendy Cleland-Hamnett

    Acting Assistant Administator Wendy Cleland-Hamnett

    Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

    David Bloom

    Acting Chief Financial Officer David Bloom

    Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)

    Larry Starfield

    Acting Assistant Administrator Lawrence Starfield

    Office of Environmental Information (OEI)

    Steve Fine

    Steven Fine, Acting Chief Information Officer

    Office of General Counsel (OGC)

    Kevin Minoli

    Acting General Counsel Kevin S. Minoli

    Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

    Arthur Elkins

    Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr.

    Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA)

    Jane Nishida

    Acting Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida

    Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

    Barry Breen

    Acting Assistant Administrator Barry Breen

    Office of Research and Development (ORD)

    Robert Kavlock

    Acting Assistant Administrator Robert Kavlock

    Office of Water (OW)

    Mike Shapiro

    Acting Assistant Administrator Michael Shapiro

    Regional Administrators

    Region 1 (Boston, MA – Serving CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)

    Deborah Szaro

    Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro

    Region 2 (New York, NY – Serving NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

    Walter Mugdan

    Acting Regional Administrator Walter Mugdan

    Region 3 (Philadelphia, PA – Serving DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV)

    Cecil Rodrigues

    Acting Regional Administrator Cecil A. Rodrigues

    Region 4 (Atlanta, GA – Serving AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN)

    Anne Heard

    Acting Regional Administrator Anne Heard

    Region 5 (Chicago, IL – Serving IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)

    Robert A. Kaplan

    Acting Regional Administrator Robert A. Kaplan

    Region 6 (Dallas, TX – Serving AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX)

    Samuel Coleman

    Acting Regional Administrator Samuel Coleman

    Region 7 (Kansas City, KS – Serving IA, KS, MO, and NE)

    Edward Chu

    Acting Regional Administrator Edward H. Chu

    Region 8 (Denver, CO – Serving CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY)

    Deb Thomas

    Acting Regional Administrator Debra Thomas

    Region 9 (San Francisco, CA – Serving AZ, CA, HI, NV, Pacific islands, and 148 tribes)

    Alexis Strauss

    Acting Regional Administrator Alexis Strauss

    Region 10 (Seattle, WA – Serving AK, ID, OR, WA and 271 native tribes)

    Michelle Pirzadeh

    Acting Regional Administrator Michelle Pirzadeh

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    Associate Administrators

    Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR)

    Robin Richardson

    Acting Associate Administrator Robin Richardson

    Office of Homeland Security (OHS)

    David Kling

    Associate Adminstrator David J. Kling

    Office of Policy (OP)

    Shannon Kenny

    Acting Associate Administrator Shannon Kenny

    Office of Public Affairs (OPA)

    George Hull

    Acting Associate Administrator George Hull

    Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education (OPEEE)

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    Key Staff in the Office of the Administrator

    Acting Chief of Staff John Reeder

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    Director of the Office of Administrative and

    Executive Services Reginald E. Allen

    Ruth Etzel

    Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection

    Dr. Ruth A. Etzel, M.D., Ph.D.

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    Acting Director of the Office of Civil Rights Lilian Dorka

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    Director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat Brian Hope

    Chris Zarba

    Director of the Science Advisory Board

    Staff Office Christopher Zarba

    Picture of Denise Benjamin Sirmons

    Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged

    Business Utilization Denise Benjamin-Sirmons

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  • EPA Grants and Contracts

    TRUMP FREEZES EPA Grants and Contracts

    Trump moved to block implementation of at least 30 environmental rules finalized in the closing months of President Barack Obama’s term.

    Trump freezes EPA Grants and Contracts.

    THE EPA’S FY 2016 BUDGET REQUEST OF $8,600,000.00 BILLION, IN ADDITION $5,000,000.00 MILLION IN STATE GRANT FUNDING IS PROVIDED IN THE WETLANDS

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    THE EPA’S ACTIVE CONTRACTS LIST 10/26/2016
    DATA PROVIDED BY US EPA OFFICE OF ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT

    NUMBER OF CONTRACTS: 629

    TOTAL CONTRACT OBLIGATION: $6,398,369,335.21

    ACTIVE CONTRACTS BY CONTRACT NUMBER AS OF 10/26/2016

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    Here how the EPA grants worked with and through the DOE at a state level.
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    The EPA granted to WA State DOE $100,000.00 for the Shoreline Management Update  (SMP) in a pass through grant)
    EVERY SMP UPDATE IN EVERY COUNTY, IN THE USA WAS GRANTED $$$$ ( AS A PASS THROUGH GRANT)   BY THE EPA, TO  EVERY STATE DOE, TO BE GRANTED TO EVERY COUNTY.
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    Fiscal Year 2016 – US EPA

    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/…/epa_fy_2016_congressional_justification.pdf

    The agency’s FY 2016 budget request of $8.6 billion enables us to ..Many communities are facing multiple pollution problems and are looking for integrated or holistic …. In addition, $5 million in state grant funding is provided in the wetlands.

    EPA Active Contracts Listing | Contracting with EPA | US EPA

    https://www.epa.gov/contracts/epa-active-contractslisting

    Oct 31, 2016 – Listed below, you will find the EPA Active Contracts Listing, which lists of all currently active EPA Contracts. The listing is available by Contract …


  • Obama’s 10,000 Executive Commandments?

    Obama’s 10,000 Executive Commandments?

    Presidential Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda

    INTRODUCTION:

    FROM RULE OF LAW TO RULE BY…WHATEVER?

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    IVE GOT A PEN AND I’VE GOT A PHONE.

    AND THAT’S ALL I NEED.

    BARACK OBAMA Jan 14, 2014

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    THE PERTINENT QUESTION AS FAR AS REGULATORY BURDENS ARE CONCERNED IS WHAT THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND MEMORANDA ARE USED FOR AND WHAT THEY DO…….

    Thank God, President Trump, and his  incoming  administration, has promised to restore checks and balances on administrative agencies and appoint federal officials with integrity who will protect the rights of all Americans—not just their preferred special interests.

     WOW.. the more I document and know… The more I must document and post what We the People, American Citizens don’t know……

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    Snippets from TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS 2015  (a 91 page report)

    Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)

     An Annual Snapshot  of the Federal Regulatory State

    REGULATION: THE HIDDEN TAX

    Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect

    the economy by hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars annually,

    in addition to the official dollar outlays that dominate the federal policy

    debate.

    THE PRECISE REGULATORY COSTS CAN NEVER BE FULLY KNOWN because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. But scattered government and private data exist about the number of regulations issued, their costs and effects, and the agencies that issue them.

    The Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis and the

    Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,

    JOINTLY ESTIMATE

    THAT AGENCIES SPENT $59.5 BILLION (ON BUDGET) TO ADMINISTER AND POLICE THE REGULATORY ENTERPRISE.

    THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, WHICH WAS FORMERLY RANKED CONSISTENTLY IN THE TOP FIVE, IS NOW SIXTH,  BUT ADDING ITS 186 RULES BRINGS THE TOTAL FROM THE TOP SIX RULE MAKING AGENCIES TO 1,639 RULES, OR 48 PERCENT OF ALL FEDERAL RULES.

    ADDING THE $1.88 TRILLION IN OFF-BUDGET COMPLIANCE COSTS BRINGS THE TOTAL RECKONED REGULATORY ENTERPRISE TO ABOUT $1.94 TRILLION.

    The “Unconstitutionality Index,” the ratio of regulations issued by agencies to laws passed by Congress and signed by the president, was 16 for 2014 and 51 for 2013. The average for the decade has been 26. This disparity highlights the delegation of lawmaking power to unelected agency officials.

    Compiling some of that information can make the federal regulatory enterprise somewhat more comprehensible.

     THAT COMPILATION IS ONE PURPOSE OF TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

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    Presidential Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda

    Ten Thousand Commandments 2016 (an 89 page report)

    An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

    Clyde Wayne Crews • May 3, 2016

    In January 2016, the Congressional Budget  Office (CBO) reported outlays for fiscal year (FY) 2015 of $3.687 trillion and projected spending for FY 2016 at $3.919 trillion. Discretionary, entitlement, and interest spending is projected to surpass $4 trillion in 2017 and to top $5 trillion by FY 2022.2High debt and deficits notwithstanding, $5 trillion in annual spending will soon be the new normal.

    Highlights of the 2016 edition include:

    • The federal regulatory cost reached $1.885 trillion in 2015.
    • FEDERAL REGULATION IS A HIDDEN TAX THAT AMOUNTS TO NEARLY $15,000 PER U.S. HOUSEHOLD EACH YEAR.
    • In 2015, 114 laws were enacted by Congress during the calendar year, while 3,410 rules were issued by agencies. Thus, 30 rules were issued for every law enacted last year.
    • Many Americans complain about taxes, but regulatory compliance costs exceed the $1.82 trillion that the IRS is expected to collect in both individual and corporate income taxes from 2015.
    • Some 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions have 3,297 regulations in development at various stages in the pipeline.
    • The top five federal rulemaking agencies account for 41 percent of all federal regulations. These are the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.
    • The 2015 Federal Register contains 80,260 pages, the third highest page count in its history. Of the seven all-time-highest Federal Register total page counts, six occurred under President Obama.
    • The George W. Bush administration averaged 62 major regulations annually over eight years, while the Obama administration has averaged 81 major regulations annually over seven years.

    View the fact sheet

    Ten Thousand Commandments 2016 Table of Contents

    Executive Summary
    Introduction
    Chapter 1: The Cost of Regulation and Intervention
    Chapter 2: Thousands of Pages and Rules in the Federal Register
    Chapter 3: Presidential Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda
    Chapter 4: 24,000 Public Notices Annually
    Chapter 5: Analysis of the Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations
    Chapter 6: GAO Database on Regulation
    Chapter 7: Regulation and the EPA
    Chapter 8: Regulation and the FCC
    Chapter 9: Liberate to Stimulate

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    2015  The Ten Thousand Commandments  a 91 page report

    TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS ARCHIVES

    10KC 2015 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2014 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2013 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2012 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2011 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2010 (full study in PDF)

    10KC 2009 (full study in PDF)

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    Pardon my redundancy……

    An Annual Snapshot of  the Federal Regulatory State

    2015 Edition by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.

    REGULATION: THE HIDDEN TAX

    Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect

    the economy by hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars annually,

    in addition to the official dollar outlays that dominate the federal policy

    debate.

     THE PRECISE REGULATORY COSTS CAN NEVER BE FULLY KNOWN because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. But scattered government and private data exist about the number of regulations issued, their costs and effects, and the agencies that issue them.

    Compiling some of that information can make the federal regulatory enterprise somewhat more comprehensible. THAT COMPILATION IS ONE PURPOSE OF TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS, highlights of which follow:

    Based on the best available federal government data, past reports, and contemporary studies, this report highlights estimated regulatory compliance and economic costs of $1.88 trillion annually.

    In 2014, 224 laws were enacted by Congress during the calendar year, whereas 3,554 rules were issued by agencies. Thus, 16 rules were issued for every law enacted last year.

    The “Unconstitutionality Index,” the ratio of regulations issued by agencies to laws passed by Congress and signed by the president, was 16 for 2014 and 51 for 2013. The average for the decade has been 26. This disparity highlights the delegation of lawmaking power to unelected agency officials.

    If one assumed that all costs of federal regulation and intervention flowed all the way down to households, U.S. households would “pay” $14,976 annually on average in regulatory hidden tax. That payment amounts to 23 percent of the average income of $63,784 and 29 percent of the expenditure budget of $51,100. The “tax” exceeds every item in the budget except housing. More is “spent”on embedded regulation than on health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel and services, and savings. The estimated cost of regulation exceeds half the level of the federal spending itself, which was $3.5 trillion in 2014.

    Regulatory costs of $1.88 trillion amount to 11 percent of the U.S. GDP, which was estimated at $17.4 trillion in 2014 by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    When regulatory costs are combined with federal FY 2014 outlays of $3.5 trillion, the federal government’s share of the entire economy now reaches 30.6 percent.

    The costs of the regulatory “hidden tax” surpass federal income tax receipts. Regulatory compliance costs exceed 2014 total individual income tax revenues of $1.386 trillion.

    Regulatory compliance costs vastly exceed the 2014 estimated U.S. corporate income tax revenues of $333 billion and rival corporate pretax profits of $2.235 trillion.

    If it were a country, U.S. regulation would be the world’s tenth-largest economy, ranking behind Russia and ahead of India.

    U.S. regulatory costs exceed each of the GDPs of Australia and Canada, the highest income nations among the countries ranked most free in the annual Index of Economic Freedom and Economic Freedom of the World reports.

     

    The Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis and the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,

    JOINTLY ESTIMATE THAT AGENCIES SPENT $59.5 BILLION (ON BUDGET) TO ADMINISTER AND POLICE THE REGULATORY ENTERPRISE. ADDING THE $1.88 TRILLION IN OFF-BUDGET COMPLIANCE COSTS BRINGS THE TOTAL RECKONED REGULATORY ENTERPRISE TO ABOUT $1.94 TRILLION.

    Among the six all-time-high Federal Register page counts, five have occurred under President Obama.

    The annual outflow of more than 3,500 final rules—sometimes far above that level—means that 90,836 rules have been issued since 1993.

    The Federal Register finished 2014 at 77,687 pages, the sixth-highest level in its history. Federal Register pages devoted specifically to final rules stand at 24,861 in 2014. The record high is 26,417 in 2013.

    The 2014 Federal Register contained 3,554 final rules and 2,383 proposed rules. Since the nation’s founding, more than 15,209 executive orders have been issued.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED 215 BY THE END OF 2014.

    President George W. Bush’s administration averaged 62 major rules annually during his eight years in office; Obama’s six years so far have averaged 81.

    Whereas the federal government issues more than 3,500 rules annually, public notices in the Federal Register normally exceed 24,000 annually, with uncounted “guidance documents” and other materials among them. There were 23,970 notices in 2014, and there have been 501,899 since 1995.

    Sixty federal departments, agencies, and commissions have 3,415 regulations at various stages of implementation, according to the 2014 “Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions,” which lists federal regulatory actions at various stages of implementation.

    Of the 3,415 regulations in the pipeline, 200 are “economically significant” rules, which the federal government defines as having annual effects on the economy of $100 million or more. Assuming that those rule making effects are primarily regulatory implies roughly $20 billion yearly in future off-budget regulatory costs.

    Of the 3,415 regulations now in the works, 674 affect small businesses. Of those, 374 required a regulatory flexibility analysis; 300 were otherwise noted by agencies to affect small businesses.

    The five most active rule-producing agencies—the departments of the Treasury, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, and Health and Human Services—account for 1,453 rules, or 43 percent of all rules in the Unified Agenda pipeline.

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which was formerly ranked consistently in the top five, is now sixth, but adding its 186 rules brings the total from the top six rulemaking agencies to 1,639 rules, or 48 percent of all federal rules

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    I started here…

    Chapter 3 May 3, 2016

    Presidential Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda

    https://cei.org/…/Ten%20Thousand%20Commandments%202016%20-%20Chapter%…

    Crews: Ten Thousand Commandments 2016. 23. Presidential Executive Orders and. Executive Memoranda. President Obama famously pledged to use his “pen …

     

    Presidential Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda …

    https://cei.org/10KC/Chapter-3

    May 3, 2016 – [51] Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and other executive actions make up a … [61] In all, four of Obama’s executive orders directly address … Read Chapter 2 – THOUSANDS OF PAGES AND RULES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER.

    The pertinent question as far as regulatory burdens are concerned is what these executive orders and memoranda are used for and what they do…….

    We live in an era in which the government— without actually passing a law—increasingly dictates parameters of various economic sectors, including health care, retirement, education, energy production, finance, land and resource management, funding of science and research, and manufacturing. Executive actions and decrees issued in a limited government context have different implications than do those issued in an era of activist government, rendering some of what transpires today without precedent………

    Counting rules and regulations, executive orders, memoranda, and other regulatory guidance gets us only so far. These actions need more scrutiny and oversight, because they have become powerful means of working around the constitutional system of legislation made by an elected body.[69]

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    Are you concerned, with any of Obama Executive Orders and Memorandums

    IVE GOT A PEN AND I’VE GOT A PHONE.

    AND THAT’S ALL I NEED.

    BARACK OBAMA

    FROM RULE OF LAW TO RULE BY…WHATEVER?

    President Obama famously pledged to use his “pen and phone” to implement parts of his policy agenda without congressional approval.[51] Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and other executive actions make up a large component of that initiative.[52] This section examines those numbers, but a considerable amount of executive branch activity is not well measured and merits heightened attention, especially when an administration so explicitly emphasizes unilateral action.[53]

    Presidential memoranda since 1999— which presidential scholar Phillip Cooper has termed “executive orders by another name”—are also depicted in Figure 15.[55] Memoranda may or may not be published, depending on the administration’s own determination of “general applicability and legal effect,” making it “difficult to count presidential memoranda.”[56] Obama’s pace since 2009 tops that of George W. Bush, which is unsurprising given his administration’s openness about prioritizing executive action. Bush published 129 memoranda over his entire presidency, whereas Obama issued 219 during his first seven years that were published in the Federal Register

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    This kind of bullying and intimidation of Americans by a federal agency must be shut down. The incoming Trump administration has the opportunity to restore checks and balances on administrative agencies and appoint federal officials with integrity who will protect the rights of all Americans—not just their preferred special interests.

    Originally posted at The Daily Signal. 

    President-elect Donald Trump has a golden opportunity to restrain other overzealous regulators. One place to start is at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which governs private-sector labor relations. Originally built to act as an impartial agency that represents the public in labor disputes, the agency has become overly political and prone to playing favorites.

    How Trump Can Curb the Power of Unelected Regulators

    The Daily Signal Trey Kovacs December 9, 2016

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    From Rule of Law to Rule by…Whatever

    Presidential Memoranda | whitehouse.gov

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential…/presidentialmemoranda

    EXECUTIVE ORDERS · PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDA · PROCLAMATIONS · LEGISLATION · NOMINATIONS & … MEMORANDA. PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM on December 08, 2016 …

    Presidential Memoranda

    Presidential Memorandum on December 09, 2016

    Presidential Memoranda — Minnesota World’s Fair 2023

    Presidential Memorandum on December 09, 2016

    Message to the Senate — UN Convention on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration

    Presidential Memorandum on December 09, 2016

    Message to the Senate — Arms Trade Treaty

    Presidential Memorandum on December 08, 2016

    Presidential Determination and Waiver — Pursuant to Section 2249a of Title 10, United States Code, and Sections 40 and 40A of the Arms Export Control Act to Support U.S. Special Operations to Combat Terrorism in Syria

    Presidential Memorandum on December 08, 2016

    Message to Congress — Brazil Social Security Agreement

    Presidential Memorandum on December 05, 2016

    Presidential Memorandum — Steps for Increased Legal and Policy Transparency Concerning the United States Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations

    Presidential Memorandum on December 05, 2016

    Letter from the President — Supplemental 6-month War Powers Letter

    Presidential Memorandum on December 02, 2016

    Presidential Determination — Pursuant to Section 570(a) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1997

    Presidential Memorandum on December 01, 2016

    Presidential Determination — Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act

    Presidential Memorandum on November 16, 2016

    Presidential Memorandum — Eligibility of the Multinational Force and Observers to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services


  • Trump’s DOI and EPA Pick?

    Trump’s DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI) and ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) Pick? 

    How WILD will it get?

    As we discovered through inquiry and questions what the candidates were all about and where their roots were fastened, we then had a good idea of where they were coming from and where they are trying to go, or take us.

     IN THE END, NOV 9, 2016 AMERICAN CITIZENS “DID NOT”  VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT WHO WILL TRY TO GET YOU TO AGREE TO SACRIFICE WHAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T EARNED IT, THEN TAKE YOU SOMEWHERE YOU DON’T WANT YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, YOURSELF, COMMUNITY, CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR COUNTRY, OR WORLD TO GO, LET ALONE BECOME!

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    “Well, if I wanted all the people out of Northern California, what would I do?”

    I’d lock up all the natural resources.  I would remove all the infrastructure… like the DAMS. After some more time went by… I’d have the National Forest in a quasi wilderness area, I’d have the loggers gone…Get rid of the pesky diggers..the mining community. I’d go after the agriculture community…attempt to eliminate them.  I’d go up stream…get rid of the  dams, remove the water inventory and electrical generation for 70,000 homes.

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    WELL, IF SENATOR PATTY MURRAY WANTED ALL OF THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA IN WA STATE, WHAT WOULD SHE DO?

    SENATOR MURRAY MADE HER CHOICE, OVER SIX (6) YEARS AGO…. WILD OLYMPICS  WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 2010, IN 2012, CONGRESS NORM DICKS AND SENATOR PATTY MURRAY INTRODUCED IDENTICAL BILLS IN … WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT OF 2012

    APR 11, 2013 – PATTY MURRAY’S PROPOSAL IS CALLED WILD OLYMPICS.

    REINTRODUCING 2013-2014 and REINTRODUCING 2015-2016

    SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL was busy having roads decommissioned while MURRAY AND KILMER  waited in the wings with their phones and their pens.
    In the meantime Kilmer took on Dicks roll, with Murray to re-introduce the unwanted, unnecessary and wasteful Wild Olympics Wild & Scenic Act TWICE!

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    Behind My Back | The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/04/25/the-roadlesscrewcantwell-and-inslee/

    Apr 25, 2014 – The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee. H.R.3465 — National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act. Various forms of this bill have been …

    Keeping the rainbow green party voters smothered in free government grants, takes priority over the previously devastated Washington State and Olympic Peninsula jobs, that have been killed under this administration. The administrators who take money from you, to pay the pawns to help them pass their legacy agenda.

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    Behind My Back | Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/04/dept-of-interiordeterioration/

    May 4, 2014THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, President Obama Appointed Sally Jewell, she is a member of the cabinet of President …

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    SENATE BILLS  FOR WILDERNESS AND WILDING, SACRIFICING THE USE OF OUR PUBLIC NATIONAL PARKS, PRIVATE LANDS  AND RIVERS.  PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES OF, AND IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON STATE

    Wilding the West Murrays Choice Our Sacrifice

    Posted on April 15, 2016 10:41 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Wilding the West Murray’s Choice Our Sacrifice

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    APR 11, 2013 Advocates will immediately tell you that Wild Olympics will not have any impact on current harvest levels and will only modestly harm jobs. WHILE THIS IS TECHNICALLY ACCURATE, IT’S ALSO INTENTIONALLY MISLEADING.

    IN 2013, THE MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL FORESTS WAS  DYSFUNCTIONAL AND INEFFECTIVE.

    WHEN ONE USES THE FALSE BASE CASE OF MISMANAGED LANDS AS THE POINT OF COMPARISON IT BECOMES POSSIBLE TO HIDE THE LONG-TERM HARM WILD OLYMPICS WILL HAVE ON THE PEOPLE OF THE PENINSULA.

    WILD OLYMPICS PROPOSES SHIFTING 23 PERCENT OF THE REMAINING WORKING FORESTS, 126,000 ACRES, FROM WORKING FORESTS TO WILDERNESS

    Guest: The problem with the Wild Olympics plan for Olympic National …

    www.seattletimes.com/…/guest-the-problem-with-the-wildolympics-plan-for-olympic

    APR 11, 2013Patty Murray’s proposal is called Wild Olympics. … way he can support passage of the Wild Olympics legislation prior to a fundamental overhaul …

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    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    Behind My Back | The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.behindmyback.org/category/the-wildolympicsscam/

    JUL 25, 2016THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with …

    NOV 2016, HOW TYPICAL HOW PREDICTABLE,  HOW UNFORTUNATE, THE WA STATE RADICAL LIBERALS IN THE BIG CITIES VOTED TO RE-ELECTED SENATOR PATTY MURRAY

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    Wilding the West Murrays Choice Our Sacrifice

    Posted on April 15, 2016 10:41 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Wilding the West Murray’s Choice Our Sacrifice

    Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining Legislative Hearing

    Please click on and read the two links below.

    Someone else’s choice = your sacrifice

    “Well, if I wanted all the people out of Northern California, what would I do?”

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    Well,  if American Voters wanted the  “WILD”  radical liberal democrats out of the WA DC swamp, what would they do?

    Nov 9, 2016,  How wonderful, how stunning, Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States of America and Republicans control the House and the Senate

    PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRIUMPHANT ELECTION VICTORY,  SUMMED UP IN TWO WORDS “AMERICA FIRST”

    President  Donald Trump’s shortlist of candidates to lead the U.S. Department of Interior? The Department of the Interior (DOI) oversees 500 million acres of public lands.

    YOU CAN BET THAT TRUMPS NEW AMERICA FIRST, SECRETARY OF THE DOI AND EPA, SHALL BENEFIT  AMERICA FIRST. Indeed, the public land industry, public land access to millions of acres of national parks, reserves….. stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico.

    HOW WILD IS THAT?


  • What’s Upstream? in Olympia and Bellingham

    EPA: What’s Upstream is a misuse of federal funds …

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epawhatsupstream-is-a-misuse-of…
    Capital Press

    3 days ago – In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA …In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA funds.

    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 11:31AM

    Last changed on April 5, 2016 6:12PM

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming
A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed course and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The campaign, a collaboration between a tribe and environmental groups, raised the ire of farm groups and drew a rebuke Monday from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan…….. (read full text on link))

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    EPA’s reversal on What’s Upstream rings hollow to ag groups

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epas-reversal-on-whatsupstream-ri…
    Capital Press
    3 days ago – The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture …
    The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture groups say the agency needs to explain why the grant was awarded in the first place.
    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 6:16PM

    Last changed on April 6, 2016 10:55AM

    Don Jenkins/Capital PressA billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to dislcose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

    Don Jenkins/Capital Press A billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to disclose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

     

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The change in position pleased farm advocates, but also left them asking why EPA allowed the campaign in the first place.

    “It’s nice EPA recognized what seems obvious,” said Washington State Dairy Federation policy director Jay Gordon. “But who … decided this was acceptable for federal funding?”

    What’s Upstream, a partnership between the Swinomish Indian tribe in northwestern Washington and environmental groups,

    has been funded with nearly $600,000 in EPA grants.

    The tribe used some of the money to hire a public relations firm, Strategies 360, and kept EPA informed as the firm crafted a campaign to influence a “malleable” public.

    Until Tuesday, the EPA had refrained from commenting on the campaign’s substance other than to say it did not violate prohibitions on using federal funds to lobby, even though What’s Upstream sought to organize a letter-writing campaign to state lawmakers.

    In a statement, the EPA took to task the grant’s original recipient, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and the Swinomish tribe.

    The commission, a consortium of 20 tribes, “sub-awarded” the money to the tribe.

    “The consortium made a sub-award for a campaign which should not be using EPA funds. We are in the process of correcting that,” an EPA spokesman said in a written statement.

    Efforts to reach the commission and tribe were unsuccessful.

    Two U.S. senators Tuesday sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. requesting an investigation into how the grant funds were used.

    “We are troubled to learn that EPA’s financial assistance appears to improperly fund an advocacy campaign in Washington state that unfairly targets and demonizes farmers and ranchers,” wrote Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, both Republicans.

    Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Inhofe, who chairs the Environment Committee, zeroed in on whether the letter-writing campaign amounted to illegally funded lobbying and political activities.

    “The fact that the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission campaign website fully or partially funded by the EPA enables the public to use a script criticizing agricultural producers in an effort to influence lawmakers deserves immediate legal scrutiny,” the senators wrote.

    An Inspector General spokesman Tuesday said the agency doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation.

    IG investigators have already had a preliminary telephone conference call with farm groups, though it’s unclear whether the office will conduct a full investigation.

    “Based on our conversations with the people from the inspector general’s office, we think it is a pretty significant issue for the EPA,” said Save Family Farming director Gerald Baron, who participated in the call.

    Save Family Farming, based in northwestern Washington, was recently formed to respond to critics of farming practices.

    Baron said EPA should be held accountable.

    “I think it’s dishonest for them to try to put the responsibility for this on the grantee,” he said. “The record shows they were very closely involved in the content.”

    The tribe submitted regular reports to EPA over several years as Strategies 360 polled voters and met with focus groups. The polling found that voters were largely unconcerned about water pollution and held farmers in high regard, though the public relations firm reported that opinions could be changed with the right message.

    EPA distanced itself from the campaign one day after Roberts rebuked EPA for funding it.

    “The tone and content of this outside campaign does not represent the views of the EPA,” the EPA spokesman said.

    In a statement issued Monday, Roberts directed his ire at What’s Upstream billboards put up in Olympia and Bellingham, Wash., calling them “disturbing” and “malicious.”

    The billboards, which advertise the campaign’s website, picture dairy cows standing in a stream. The words say: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.”

    The billboards do not disclose that they were funded by the EPA, a standard requirement for all EPA-funded materials.

    Gordon, himself a dairy farmer in Western Washington, said he was especially pained to see the billboard on a busy street in Olympia.

    “Seeing that right in the middle of Olympia, knowing it was paid for by taxpayer dollars, that was the one that hit me the hardest,” he said. “When you see it, you just go, ‘It’s just not fair.’”

    The environmental groups involved in What’s Upstream defend the campaign as public education, a permissible use of the EPA grant.

    “I still contend its use was for public education and was not a misuse of funds,” said Trish Rolfe, director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. “It (whatsupstream.com) is an educational website. It doesn’t lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.”

    The EPA did not elaborate on what its next step will be.

    The agency should act quickly, Baron said.

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    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for …

    By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional

    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for new state legislation to limit farmers activities that environmental groups claim pollute waterways, has caused quite a stir in Washington state and Washington, D.C.

    A coalition of environmental groups in Washington state put up two billboards with the same photo and headline promote “What’s Upstream,” a campaign developed by a public relations firm to link agriculture with water pollution. It appears that a large amount of the money for the campaign and billboards are being financed by an EPA grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and controlled by the Swinomish Indian tribe.

    According to regulations, the billboards should mention financial support from the EPA, but they don’t, and EPA officials have agreed it was a mistake. The second concern is that money is being used for political lobbying, which is also contrary to use of federal grant funds. Of course, the EPA says the What’s Upstream campaign isn’t strictly political lobbying. Third, farmers and legislators from agricultural districts see the EPA aligning itself with anti-agriculture forces of environmental activists, and this isn’t appropriate for an agency that should be unbiased before evaluating specific regulations.

    The billboards show three cows standing in a stream with the headline: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.” The environmental groups along with the Indian tribe—Puget Soundkeeper, Western Environmental Law Center and Center for Environmental Law and Policy—say the What’s Upstream is simply of educational nature.

    This whole situation about the billboards and the EPA handing out of grant money was first uncovered by Capital Press, but this has grown into more than a state issue.

    The chairmen of two Senate committees are calling for an investigation into billboards in Washington state that blame agriculture for polluting waterways because they apparently were funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Agriculture Committee are requesting an audit and investigation of the EPA grant.

    Sen. Roberts released a statement regarding the anti-agriculture billboard. “This disturbing billboard is a bold example of exactly what America’s farmers and ranchers complain about all the time: the EPA has an agenda antagonistic to producers. Whether it’s overly burdensome and costly regulations or something as obvious as this malicious billboard, the EPA has much to answer for in maligning those that grow the food and fiber to feed the world. Our farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land and want to see our natural resources protected as much as any other American.

    “While there are legal concerns with the lack of disclosure of EPA’s involvement, the billboard is another example of EPA’s improper practice of encouraging the lobbying of legislators. How and why the EPA has allowed taxpayer dollars to be used to attack any industry, including our vital agriculture producers, demands answers.”


  • The Importance of Federal Water Control?

    Contact: Rosemarie Calabro Tully
    rct@energy.senate.gov
    (202) 224-7556

    Dear Rosemarie,

    I just called your office, left a message and now as instructed, I am emailing you.

    Re: Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP)

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    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    Behind My Back | Water Rules Not Etched In Stone

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/water-rules-not-etched-in-stone/

    Feb 5, 2013 – ARE WA STATE WATER RULES ETCHED IN STONE? PERHAPS NOT… 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF … WASHINGTON:
    7 Sec. 1. RCW 90.38.005 and 1989 c 429 s 1 are each amended to read
    8 as follows:
    9 (1) The legislature finds that:

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    What do we need in Clallam County to change the Dungeness Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent us, Van De Wege, Senator Hargrove and Tharinger, to do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    What do they need in Skagit County to change the Skagit River Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent them, do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    GOD FORBID THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOW ANYTHING BE UNDER STATE CONTROL

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    WOW in 2015? Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    DOUBLE WOW 2016, Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

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    Indeed, step by step, one way or another, from WOTUS to Wetland Delineation, to Cantwell.

    First the Feds TAKE all of our water using WOTUS

    WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    WOTUS Water Runs Down Hill
    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

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    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

    Last year the administration wrote new definitions that would have subjected all waters (running down hill) within 4,000 feet of a navigable water to EPA review and control.

    Behind My Back | Congress Must Act on Water Issues

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/12/04/congressmustact-on-water-issues/

    Dec 4, 2015 – Congress Must Act on Water Issues May 24, 2014 It takes an act of the U.S. … www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/high–dry-and-destitute/.

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    WA State Reform on Wetland Delineation?

    Posted on February 11, 2016 11:29 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Re: WA State Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination. ... A WETLAND IS A WOTUS “water of the United States” and thus regulated under the federal Clean …

    Wetland delineation establishes the existence (location) and physical limits (size) of a wetland for the purposes of federal, state, and local regulations.

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination.” This process identifies which water bodies within a project’s boundaries meet the definition of “waters of the United States.” For more information on this, see the Corps’ of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Guidance Letter 08-02, Jurisdictional Determinations.

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    SO WHAT’S OLD?

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecologysucks/

    Apr 15, 2013 – Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news papers did report that I said it. WHAT THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS DID NOT REPORT …

    Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

    Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and … category and have previously been posted on “behindmyback.org”.

    AND WHAT’S OLD?

    FEB 5, 2013, It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/ The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the 7 Yakima river basin.

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    MARCH 25, 2016  SO WHAT’S REALLY NEW?

    BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

    TOTAL FEDERAL CONTROL OF ALL WATER

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP),

    National Drought Resilience Partnership – US Drought Portal

    www.drought.gov/drought/content/ndrp

    National Drought Resilience Partnership Fact Sheet: Learn more about the NDRP, the importance of drought preparedness, and THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL and …

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    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Read Sen. Cantwell’s white paper here.

    Washington, DC – Today, on World Water Day, Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released a white paper to advance the development of a 21st century national framework for addressing drought and water security in the United States.  
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    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 years of drought across the American West have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management in the 21st century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.  

    Sen. Cantwell’s paper lays out a national framework to address water challenges through the modernization of federal programs to support and finance sustainable, watershed-scale solutions; advance science and technology; and promote partnerships with communities. The purpose of the paper is to foster a public dialogue and to develop a comprehensive policy agenda to address national drought and water security needs, as called for by states, tribes, local governments, utilities, agricultural producers and conservation groups.

    Modernizing federal programs is critical to supporting a more water-secure future,” Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

    The framework document reflects lessons learned from Washington’s Yakima River Basin, where an extraordinary collaboration has led to a watershed planning effort that has become a national model. Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill (S. 1694) to authorize federal participation in this effort, which will help usher in a new era in water management. The bill will help to restore ecosystems and endangered species, conserve water and provide water security for families, fish and farmers for years to come. Last month, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior Michael Connor called the Yakima process a model not only for working through water challenges, but any natural resource management challenge.

    The white paper released today builds on that approach and outlines five policy principles as a national framework for drought and water security:

    1. Supporting collaborative watershed-scale solutions that are locally-driven. Governance solutions should support and incentivize collaborative, locally driven, watershed solutions by modernizing, coordinating, and streamlining federal programs to make them more effective.

    2. Financing solutions through partnerships and streamlined federal funding. Innovative water financing solutions should utilize an integrated watershed funding approach that streamlines federal funding and increases opportunities for public-private partnerships.

    3. Using and advancing the best science, technology and tools. Science and technology solutions should focus on accelerating innovation and the advancement of tipping points in science, technology and tools to transform water management.

    4. Advancing sustainable water supply solutions for people and the environment. Water supply solutions should take an integrated, portfolio approach that balances the needs of both people and the environment, including: (1) increased use of water markets, efficiency, conservation, recycling, reuse and desalination; (2) improvements in existing infrastructure, operations and low-impact infrastructure (such as aquifer storage and recovery); and (3) nature-based solutions and restoration of ecosystems and fisheries.

    5. Partnering with Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island Communities. The federal government should partner with and support Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island communities as they face unique challenges in responding to and addressing long-term water security needs.

    Addressing long-term drought is also a priority for the Obama administration. Ahead of today’s White House Water Summit, the administration released a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), which seeks to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of drought.

    Download Sen. Cantwell’s white paper on drought here.
    Read the presidential memorandum on long-term drought resilience here.

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    Permalink: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/3/senator-cantwell-releases-a-bold-vision-for-water-in-the-21st-century

    How does drought response relate to climate preparedness?

    • The President’s Climate Action Plan: In June 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health, including increased risk of drought wildfires.
    • Executive Order – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change: On November 1, 2013, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change, including drought and wildfires.
    • Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
    • National Drought Forum Report: In December 2012, Federal agencies and states held the  ational Drought Forum (NDF) to focus on improving government coordination to support the planning and preparedness needed for enhancing resilience to ongoing or reoccurring drought. The NDRP is one important outcome of this forum and continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping communities get the drought assistance they need.
    • Federal Actions to Assist the Drought Emergency: A list of recent Federal actions, programs, and funding opportunities to support communities currently facing drought and to prepare for future drought events
    • Drought Recovery Matrix (download): An “at a glance” overview of federal resources, programs, funding, and authorities available to policy experts, federal and state agencies, and other impacted sectors to navigate the numerous programs and opportunities available to assist in building greater drought resilience (Last Updated in 2012).

     


  • Mandated EPA Stormwater Fee

    The Unfunded Unaffordable Mandated EPA Stormwater Program

    Thereby, In other words, the EPA’S going rate for falling rain, causing stormwater run off.

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care if cities, communities and families are being  nickel-and-dimed to into poverty by these unfunded Unaffordable federal mandates?

    Do any of our federal state and local elected representative care we the people are to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of unfunded Unaffordable mandates imposed by the EPA? 

    Are our federal, state and local  elected representative totally clueless ? EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

    If a  citizen senior, or other, want water and heat for thir home, they must pay their utility bill.

    If a citizen senior or other, wants to keep their home, they must  pay their county property tax.

    Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates

    attorneygeneral.tn.gov/op/2012/op12-96.pdf

    Oct 9, 2012 – Authority for Storm Water Fees/Unfunded Federal Mandates. QUESTIONS. 1. Is the “storm water fee” charged to customers by some water utility …

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    Stormwater program an unfunded state/federal mandate …

    www.albanyherald.com/…/stormwaterunfundedfe
    The Albany Herald

    Aug 30, 2013 – That’s an additional $4.8 million.” The stormwater program comes to the city as an unfunded mandate from the state’s Environmental Protection …

    EPA mandates could weaken municipal finances … with an unaffordable unfunded mandate, to be imposed via new stormwater management requirements.

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    City of Port Angeles WA Utility Bill

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its residence into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    City Manager | Port Angeles, WA – Official Website

    https://waportangeles.civicplus.com/130/CityManager

    Find out about the Port Angeles city manager, including their roles and responsibilities and contact information. … The city manager operates as the chief executive officer of the city, and is responsible to the City Council for … 321 E 5th Street

    THE CITY MANAGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AND TO THE CITY COUNSEL.

    AND IN TURN THE CITY COUNSEL IS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CITIZENS OF PA

    The city manager and city counsel have some valid excuses

    “Federal mandates are driving most of our decision making, and we are having to …. EPA’s proposed Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning …

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    OK So, what was the city’s excuse for going to a 28 day billing cycle?

    Please refresh my memory?

    Where we end up paying a comparatively higher monthly amount for every 28 days.

    And, we end up with two utility bills from the city in our hands before we have had time to pay the last one… Their 28 day cycle totally screwed up my bill paying due dates around the 10th of every month.

    As these two cycles overlap, many customers are confused by when a bill is actually overdue, coupled with the arrival of a new bill.

    Then they, the city,  did some 35 day cycle mumbo jumbo so we wouldn’t get 13 utility bills in one year?

    In discussions  about the affordability of ever increasing utility bills, the average middle class working citizens in Port Angeles really don’t get it……

    This is a common comment  “I don’t understand, I keep conserving like the say, cutting back water and cutting back on electricity and still end up paying more and more”

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    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE..

    I’m a senior citizen on low income Social Security. I have owned my home in Port Angeles for 40 years.  I live alone in my home with an 8 pound dog.

    I’ve been watching the City of Port Angeles, nickle and dime its senior citizens into poverty, for the last year or so, with inflated utility bills.

    I GET IT… IT’S JUST ANOTHER FEE.

    If I want water and heat in my home, I must pay the utility bill, no matter how unaffordable the EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee  becomes.

    IF I WANT TO KEEP MY HOME.. I CAN KEEP MY  HOME

    I must  pay the county property tax, no matter how unaffordable the attached EPA Wastewater Mandate Fee becomes.

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    In addition… research indicates that…

    Property Taxes/General Fund
    Many communities fund stormwater management through property taxes paid into their general funds?
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    I see a charge of $168.00 has been added, for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax, for my home in Port Angeles WA

    My total assessment/fees Clallam County Property Tax are only $169.93.

    I see my Clallam County Tax/fee statement has doubled in cost.

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    My City of Port Angeles Utility bill for Jan 2016?

    Here’s how water related charges are reflected on my statement

    SPECIFICALLY,  I’M ASKING THE CITY OF PA FOR AN ACCOUNTING, BREAK IT DOWN,  EXACTLY WHAT DOLLAR AMOUNT AM I BEING CHARGED ON MY  UTILITY BILL FOR  THE EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  STORM WATER FEE?

    Double- lined charges reflect increases effective January 1, 2016

    WATER BASE  $3.14

    WATER BASE $26.85

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.11

    WATER CONS 0-000 $.92

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $46.10

    SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF $5.18

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $17.17

    CSO USAGE 0-429 CF $1.93

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    Every water related amount on my bill is a doubled lined increase.

    So, my dog and I have the following total amounts

    WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, we have a WATER BASE of $29.99

    And, we have a SEWER USAGE 0-429 CF of $51.28

    And, we have a CSO USAGE 0-429 CF of $19.10

    So, my dog and I have been billed $100.37 dollars in one month for water related costs, and paying for unfunded mandates? for WATER CONS 0-000 of $1.03 worth of water.

    And, every other line on my Utility bill has been double-lined as well  to reflect increases on my electricity, garbage, and yard waste….

    Plus a SW UTILITY TAX..

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    And don’t forget…  the EPA UNFUNDED MANDATED  charge of $168.00 for CITY STORMWATER RUNOFF  on my Clallam County property tax for my home in Port Angeles WA.

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    Who knew, the attorney general had defined it as a STORM WATER FEE

    Fee Fie Foe Fum

    The (ARCHAIC) PHRASE has no allusory meaning and, apart from when quoting Shakespeare or Jack the Giant Killer.

    THERE’S LITTLE REASON EVER TO USE IT?

    INDEED! FEE, FEE? FIE, FIE? FOE, FOE? FUM?
    (By archaic definition and word origin)

    EVEN IN ARCHAIC ENGLISH FEE MEANS, “GETETH THE TAX”

    OCT. 26, 2013 IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T FORCE US TO PAY MORE TAXES?

    WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    The bottom line
    REMEMBER A “FEE” IS NOT A TAX
    AND, A TOLL IS JUST A FEE
    AND, A SERVICE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A CHARGE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE
    AND, A FARE IS JUST ANOTHER FEE

    bottom line…

    WHAT ELSE CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO TO TAKE MORE MONEY FROM US?

    THEY REDUCED MY SOCIAL SECURITY BY $5.00 FOR 2016


  • WA State Reform on Wetland Delineation?

    Re: WA State Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    Dear Rene’, Hello our/my elected Federal, my elected WA State representative, Clallam County Commissioners,  Mary and Connie,

    I received emails from Rene’ in Eastern WA (full text at the bottom)

    Re: WA State Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    A WETLAND IS A WOTUS “Water Of The United States”

    Our Olympia representatives have “NEVER” supported wetlands delineation reform.

    OUR WA State legislators “DID NOT OBJECT” to WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS (AND EVEN SOME RELATIVELY DRY LAND)
    Washington State attorney General “DID NOT” file a law suit against WOTUS on behalf of the citizens of WA State.

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    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination. ... A WETLAND IS A WOTUS “water of the United States” and thus regulated under the federal Clean …

    Wetland delineation establishes the existence (location) and physical limits (size) of a wetland for the purposes of federal, state, and local regulations.

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination.” This process identifies which water bodies within a project’s boundaries meet the definition of “waters of the United States.” For more information on this, see the Corps’ of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Guidance Letter 08-02, Jurisdictional Determinations.

    Remember that the Corps, not applicants or their consultants, determines whether or not a wetland is a “water of the United States” and thus regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). If the Corps determines that a wetland is not subject to the CWA, the wetland may still be a “water of the state” and subject to regulation by Ecology as well as by local jurisdictions. Ecology regulates wetlands determined by the Corps to be non-jurisdictional due to their isolation from navigable waters. > More on Isolated Wetlands

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    So, September 2, 2015 WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY filed the following rulemaking with the Office of the Code Reviser: Rule preproposal
    (using only online public notification?)

    ADOPTION OF DESIGNATIONS OF SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH SHORELINES OF THE STATE (WAC 173-22)

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    September 3, 2015

    What’s Up with WOTUS? – News | Agweb.com

    www.agweb.com/…/whatsup-with-wotus-NAA-university-news-release/

    What does the temporary injunction of WOTUS mean for farmers? … What’s Up with WOTUS? September 3, 2015 05:57 AM …

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    September 4, 2015

    PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

    Posted on September 4, 2015 9:46 am by Pearl Rains Hewett
    Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new
    “waters of United States” (WOTUS) power grab

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    September 4, 2015

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotuswater-runs-down-hill/

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    January 22, 2016 THE GOOD NEWS WAS….

    WOTUS rule – PLF Liberty Blog – Pacific Legal Foundation

    blog.pacificlegal.org/tag/wotusrule/

    Congress and Obama clarify their positions on the WOTUS rule, and it doesn’t look good for the President. Posted on January 22, 2016 by Todd Gaziano.

    January 22, 2016 THE BAD NEWS IS…

    PRESIDENT OBAMA VETOED THE LEGISLATION A DAY LATER.

    SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

    REGARDING Legislative reform ideas for WA STATE SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    The EPA, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the country.

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    The EPA’s enforcement tactics for WETLANDS

    EPA’s abuse of the Sacketts inspires latest thriller by CJ Box

    www.pacificlegal.org › Home › News & Media
    Pacific Legal Foundation

    Mar 12, 2013 – “EPA is not above the law — that’s the bottom line with the Sacketts‘ Supreme Court victory,” said PLF Principal Attorney Damien Schiff, who …

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     EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers.

    EPA Official: EPAs “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3GB_b7Nuo
    Apr 25, 2012 – Uploaded by Senator Jim Inhofe

    A video from 2010, which shows a top EPA official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, using the vivid metaphor of crucifixion to explain EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers.

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    START HERE…

    WHERE EVERYTHING FEDERAL STARTS….

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotuswater-runs-down-hill/

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

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    PLF UNDERSTANDS THE GRAVITY OF (WOTUS)

    WOTUS – Pacific Legal Foundation

    https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus
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    snippet..

    The Environmental Protection Agency says ANY BODIES OF WATER near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will (RUN DOWN HILL AND) fall under federal regulation.

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    THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!
    NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, GRAVITY RUNS WATER DOWN HILL

    WA STATE GOVERNMENT IS BOUND BY THE GRAVITY FED TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT of WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS.
    Indeed, WA State Dept. of Ecology “DID”  ADOPT AND DESIGNATE THE SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY BODIES OF WATER, within 4,000 feet of a navigable water, including wetlands near a river, lake, saltwater, or standing water, that (run down hill) can affect waterways (run down hill and) “COULD” affect the environment, that shall fall under the WOTUS Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act and become subject to EPA review and control.

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    Full text of emails received from Rene” on this

    Subject: Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Appy Holadays Sport Horses
    To: ddashiell@co.stevens.wa.us ; wesm03828@gmail.com
    Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:51 PM
    Subject: Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update
    Hello Commissioners,

    I would appreciate it if you could forward this email to Steve Parker as well, since I don’t have his email address on hand. As SMPs are starting to be formed in this County, I hope our State can move in this direction, described below, instead. Below are some good ideas I wanted to provide for you to think about, as the State CAPR Director, Glen Morgan has sent this to all the CAPR groups for info.

    We hope to have Glen Morgan and Licensed Hydrogeologist, Steve Neugebauer over here again this spring to help with the SMPs and related issues. If either of you would want to attend, let me know and I will be sure to send you an invitation with time and date.

    In the meantime, we have taken Don’s advice to get the wetland delineation removed from the Potter’s property through licensed hydrogeologist, Steve Neugebauer, and actual “Wetland Specialist”, Rone Brewer who both worked together and provided a complete wetlands determination that was 218 pages in length.

    However, now the Planner is not willing to write the letter that can be recorded with the County that verifies that there is not in fact a wetland on the Potter’s property. While that is the conclusion that you had advised we move toward, the Planner is refusing to cooperate with writing the letter of verification. We would appreciate your help with this issue, as it was your direction that we have been taking and have now completed.

    Apparently Connee Potter has tried a few times to set an appointment with Don, but has not heard back from him yet. So if you could please respond asap, we would like to get this wrapped up.

    Thank You,

    Rene’ Holaday

    Stevens County CAPR, Chapter 15
    —–Forwarded Message—–
    From: Scott Shock
    Sent: Feb 10, 2016 9:55 AM
    To: ‘Cindy Alia’ , Glen Morgan , capr-gov@lists.celestial.com
    Subject: [capr-gov] Legislative reform for shorelines and property rights in Wisconsin

    FYI:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/9/assembly-to-vote-on-water-development-property-rig/

    Assembly approves water development, property rights bills

    By TODD RICHMOND – Associated Press – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Shoreline property owners would have more leeway to dredge and build structures on bodies of water under legislation the Wisconsin Assembly advanced Tuesday despite concerns from minority Democrats that the proposals would harm the state’s waters.

    The bill would make sweeping changes to statutes and regulations governing construction in water bodies, with one of the biggest changes involving waters designated as areas of special natural resource interests, or ASNRIs.

    Under current law, such areas include waters of significant scientific value that contain endangered or threatened species, wild rice waters, ecologically significant coastal wetlands along Lakes Michigan and Superior and wild or scenic rivers. Construction permits in such areas require builders to meet a long list of standards.

    The bill would remove the requirement that an ASNRI have significant scientific value and prevent the Department of Natural Resources from designated an ASNRI based on scientific value without legislative approval beginning in 2017.

    The legislation also includes changes that would make dredging and filling wetlands easier.

    The bill would create a general permit authorizing shoreline property owners to dredge 25 cubic yards of material from an inland lake and 100 cubic yards of material from outlying waters annually. The DNR’s review of alternatives to filling wetlands would be limited to options consistent with the scope of the project and maintenance work on roadside ditches that affects wetlands could be done without a permit.

    The measure’s authors, Rep. Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Sen. Frank Lasee of De Pere, contend the measure will cut red tape, clarify regulations and puts more power in property owners’ hands. A host of business associations, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business group, and the Wisconsin Builders Association, support the bill.

    A number of environmental groups, including Clean Wisconsin, the Clean Lakes Alliance and the state’s Sierra Club chapter, oppose it. Assembly Democrats railed against the bill on the chamber floor, warning the measure gives shoreline property owners permission to damage water bodies and aquatic habitats.

    “You do not go into a body of water with a general permit and start dredging things up and think you’re making things better,” Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, said. “This is bad for Wisconsin. This is bad for Wisconsin’s outdoor heritage. It will damage things.”

    Republicans control the chamber, thought, and in the end lawmakers adopted the bill on a 57-39 vote. The bill goes next to the state Senate.

    The Assembly also passed another bill Tuesday sponsored by Jarchow and Lasee that would expand property owners’ rights. The measure prohibit counties from imposing development moratoriums, forbid municipalities from blocking property owners from selling or transferring the title to their land and block counties from regulating repairs on structures legally located in shore land setback areas.

    The bill also would require judges to resolve any question about the meaning of a zoning ordinance in favor of property owners. Undeveloped land zoned for residential, commercial or manufacturing use would be taxed at 50 percent of its value.

    The Assembly passed that bill on a 56-39 vote with almost no debate. It now goes to the Senate as well.

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    THIS IS A VERY LONG POST…

    WATER HAS BEEN RUNNING DOWN HILL FOR A VERY, VERY, LONG TIME…

    if you are interested in reading the full 4800 word text go to behindmyback.org

    Continue reading here if you are interested more…

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    PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

    Posted on September 4, 2015 9:46 am by Pearl Rains Hewett
    Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new
    “waters of United States” (WOTUS) power grab

    Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit.
    The EPA, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the country.

    WA STATE IS NOT PART OF THE Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) WOTUS LAWSUIT

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    Washington State Wetlands Identification and Delineation …

    www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/9694.html

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    So, September 2, 2015 WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY filed the following rulemaking with the Office of the Code Reviser: Rule preproposal
    (using only online public notification?)

    ADOPTION OF DESIGNATIONS OF SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH SHORELINES OF THE STATE (WAC 173-22)
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    What’s Up with WOTUS? – News | Agweb.com

    www.agweb.com/…/whatsup-with-wotus-NAA-university-news-release/

    What does the temporary injunction of WOTUS mean for farmers? … What’s Up with WOTUS? September 3, 2015 05:57 AM …
    Implementation of the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (usually referred to as the WOTUS rule) was set to become effective on August 28, 2015. Several lawsuits were filed by agricultural groups, among others, requesting a preliminary injunction, or order, to halt the rule’s implementation until lawsuits could be settled. Late in the afternoon on August 27, a District Court judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction stopping the WOTUS rule from going into effect for thirteen states, including Nebraska.
    FOR ALL OTHER STATES WHO DIDN’T HAVE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS ISSUED, THE RULE TOOK EFFECT AS PLANNED ON AUGUST 28, 2015.

    Why were lawsuits filed against the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers (CORP) following release of the final WOTUS rule? Several lawsuits were filed following publication of the final WOTUS rule in the Federal Register.

    Twenty-seven states, along with industries from petroleum to construction, and agricultural groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Pork Producers Council all filed separate lawsuits. These numerous lawsuits have since been consolidated into a single lawsuit that identifies three arguments for vacating the rule.

    The first argument is that the finalized WOTUS rule exceeds the intended purposes of the Clean Water Act and represents an unconstitutional overreach by the federal government on land. Second, the rule-making process is designed to give the public an opportunity to comment on all aspects of a rule. In this case, EPA added items to the final rule that were not in the proposed rule.

    The third, and perhaps most concerning argument, is that the EPA may have inappropriately worked with environmental activists to lobby for the rule and support the agency’s agenda. If true, this represents an abuse of the federal rulemaking process by the EPA.

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    BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE 136 PAGE FEDERAL MANUAL

    Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional

    https://www.fws.gov/…/wetlands/i…
    United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    Jan 10, 1989 – cally Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, EPA’s Wetland Identification … Federal Interagency Committee for Wetland Delineation.

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    full text provided for your convenience

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    WOTUS Water Runs Down Hill

    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

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    USGS WATER SCIENCE SCHOOL ” water returns to the earth from precipitation falling on the land, where “GRAVITY” either takes it into the ground as infiltration or it begins RUNNING DOWNHILL as surface runoff”

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    USGS WATER SCIENCE SCHOOL “NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, IT TRIES TO FLOW DOWNHILL”

    (SO DO WETLAND WATERS JUST SEEP DOWNHILL?)

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    The Environmental Protection Agency says ANY BODIES OF WATER near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will (RUN DOWN HILL AND) fall under federal regulation.

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    NO MATTER WHERE ON EARTH WATER IS, GRAVITY RUNS WATER DOWN HILL

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    Indeed, science has proven that each water basin has its own land area of the water cycle, including its rainfall, its snow melt, recharging the aquifer, surface water, groundwater, rain that is absorbed into the soil RUNS DOWNHILL. Rain that is not absorbed by soil RUNS OFF DOWN THE HILL

    .——————–
    But how does much of the water get back into the oceans to keep the water cycle going?
    Indeed, the U.S. Geological Survey science tells us that 93 to 97 percent of well water used for domestic or irrigation purposes, RUNS DOWN HILL and is returned to the watershed in the proximity of where it was withdrawn.

    And, ALL precipitation, rain and snow melt do the same, GRAVITY TAKES WATER DOWN HILL as infiltration or surface runoff.

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    The EPA says, the new rule applies to tributaries and ANY BODIES OF WATER (that runs downhill) near rivers that (run down hill and ) “COULD” seep into waterways and “AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT”
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    PLF UNDERSTANDS THE GRAVITY OF (WOTUS)

    WOTUS – Pacific Legal Foundation

    https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus
    Pacific Legal Foundation

    The Obama Administration has imposed a new Clean Water Act (CWA) dictate that … PLF attorneys are hard at work developing our legal challenge to this … We will alert you when we file our lawsuit — and keep you posted along the way, …

    Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new“waters of United States” power grab

    WOTUS rule – Pacific Legal Foundation
    https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus
    Pacific Legal Foundation
    PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper, who successfully argued the … We will alert you when we file our lawsuit — and keep you posted along the way, as we …
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    Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit.

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    THE SUIT IN QUESTION WAS FILED BY 13 STATES (ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, IDAHO, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND WYOMING),
    which claimed, among other things, that the WOTUS rule is a threat to state sovereignty because it asserts federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS (AND EVEN SOME RELATIVELY DRY LAND)that should be subject to state government control. As a general matter (and as the Supreme Court has recognized) land-use control is generally beyond the scope of federal power. In this case, the district court concluded that the states were likely to succeed on the merits as the EPA had adopted an “exceptionally expansive” view of its own jurisdiction under the CWA. According to the court, the WOTUS rule “allows EPA regulation of waters that do not bear any effect on the ‘chemical physical, and biological integrity’ of any navigable-in-fact water,” and therefore exceeds the limits on federal regulatory authority identified by the Supreme Court in Rapanos.

    The EPA, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the country.

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    OUR WA State legislators “DID NOT OBJECT” to WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS (AND EVEN SOME RELATIVELY DRY LAND)
    Washington State attorney General “DID NOT” file a law suit against WOTUS on behalf of the citizens of WA State.
    A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit.

    WA STATE IS NOT PART OF THE WOTUS LAWSUIT
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    WA STATE GOVERNMENT IS BOUND BY THE GRAVITY FED TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT of WOTUS federal jurisdiction over WETLANDS AND WATERS.
    Indeed, WA State Dept. of Ecology MUST FIRST ADOPT AND DESIGNATE THE SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY BODIES OF WATER, within 4,000 feet of a navigable water, including wetlands near a river, lake, saltwater, or standing water, that (run down hill) can affect waterways (run down hill and) “COULD” affect the environment, that shall fall under the WOTUS Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act and become subject to EPA review and control.

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    So, September 2, 2015 WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY filed the following rulemaking with the Office of the Code Reviser: Rule preproposal
    (using only online public notification?)

    ADOPTION OF DESIGNATIONS OF SHORELANDS AND WETLANDS ASSOCIATED WITH SHORELINES OF THE STATE (WAC 173-22)
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    What’s Up With WOTUS?
    9/3/2015
    Implementation of the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (usually referred to as the WOTUS rule) was set to become effective on August 28, 2015. Several lawsuits were filed by agricultural groups, among others, requesting a preliminary injunction, or order, to halt the rule’s implementation until lawsuits could be settled. Late in the afternoon on August 27, a District Court judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction stopping the WOTUS rule from going into effect for thirteen states, including Nebraska.
    FOR ALL OTHER STATES WHO DIDN’T HAVE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS ISSUED, THE RULE TOOK EFFECT AS PLANNED ON AUGUST 28, 2015.

    Why were lawsuits filed against the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers (CORP) following release of the final WOTUS rule? Several lawsuits were filed following publication of the final WOTUS rule in the Federal Register.

    Twenty-seven states, along with industries from petroleum to construction, and agricultural groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Pork Producers Council all filed separate lawsuits. These numerous lawsuits have since been consolidated into a single lawsuit that identifies three arguments for vacating the rule.

    The first argument is that the finalized WOTUS rule exceeds the intended purposes of the Clean Water Act and represents an unconstitutional overreach by the federal government on land. Second, the rule-making process is designed to give the public an opportunity to comment on all aspects of a rule. In this case, EPA added items to the final rule that were not in the proposed rule.

    The third, and perhaps most concerning argument, is that the EPA may have inappropriately worked with environmental activists to lobby for the rule and support the agency’s agenda. If true, this represents an abuse of the federal rulemaking process by the EPA.

    What does the temporary injunction mean for Nebraska farmers? It means that, for now, the status quo will be maintained. So current guidance documents and existing regulations for making “jurisdictional determination” will continue to be used by the Corp. New definitions and parameters outlined in the WOTUS rule will not be part of the Corp’s checklist when making these determinations in Nebraska. Jurisdictional determination simply means that the Corp reviews the necessary checklist regarding features of a water body, and possibly conducts an on-site inspection, to make a decision about whether the water body should be under their jurisdiction as “waters of the U.S.”

    The temporary injunction does not halt the rule entirely; it simply postpones implementation of the rule until legal proceedings are completed (which could take months or even years as we saw with the new AFO/CAFO regulations a few years back).

    If the pending lawsuits are not successful, and the WOTUS rule is eventually implemented in Nebraska, it remains to be seen what parts of the rule will remain and which will not. In Nebraska, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
    Source: Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer
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    By Jonathan H. Adler August 28, 2015
    UPDATE: On Friday, the plaintiff states informed the court that the U.S. EPA had announced it would continue to apply the WOTUS rule in states that did not challenge the injunction.

    Late Friday, the district court responded with an order for supplemental briefing on whether the injunction “applies nationally or in a limited geographic area.” Briefs are due on Tuesday, September 1.
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    CALIFORNIA IS NOT PART OF THE LAWSUITS
    California Farmers Claim EPA Water Rules Extend To Dirt Fields
    August 31, 2015 6:22 PM
    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Farmers say federal regulators are going too far and are taking away their water and chipping away at their property rights under a new rule.
    The Environmental Protection Agency says any bodies of water near a river, or standing water that can affect waterways will fall under federal regulation.
    Since the 1980s, the EPA has regulated any water you can navigate through, including rivers and large lakes. But the new Clean Water Act Rule will add smaller bodies of water to the government’s oversight.
    Bruce Blodgett with the San Joaquin Farm Bureau says the new rule would include any standing body of water, and dry land that can potentially hold water.
    “This field is a great example,” he said. “This dirt field would now be ‘waters of the U.S.’ under this proposed rule.”
    The bureau says the new rule allows the government to require farmers to get permits to farm from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    “We have a lot of fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. “That will enable the Corps to come after those lands when they try to bring them back into production next year saying, ‘No, those are now waters of the U.S.’”
    Under the new Clean Water Act rule, the bureau claims any private property with a pond and any farm with an irrigation district is now under federal regulation.
    But the EPA says, that’s not true. It says the new rule applies to tributaries and water near rivers that could seep into waterways and affect the environment . The agency says it’s not going after ponds and won’t interfere with farm irrigation. It says ditches that are not constructed in streams and that flow only when it rains are not covered.
    A federal court has granted 13 states a stay on the orders while it examines a lawsuit. California is not part of the lawsuits, but farmers are watching.

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