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  • Calif. Farmers High Dry and Destitute

    Calif. Farmers HIGH, DRY AND DESTITUTE

    Obama admin allocates water for endangered fish, leaves …

    m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/24/obam
    The Washington Times

    Logo: The Washington Times · Home · NewsObama admin allocates water for endangered fish, leaves California farmers high and dry … Wednesday, February 24, 2016 … some farmers are looking at another year of a zero federal water … “We’ve got to not only take a look at providing project [water] yield, we’ve also got …

    Washington State citizens, private property owners and farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND DESTITUTE by WA State DOE WATER RULES.

    SO WHAT’S NEW? ENDANGERED FISH BEFORE FARMERS, FOOD AND THE ECONOMY.

    YEP… AGAIN AND STILL, FLUSHING TRILLIONS OF GALLONS PEOPLE WATER DOWN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES TOILET.

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    New post on Pie N Politics

    Feds allocate water for endangered fish, leave Calif. farmers high and dry
    by Liz Bowen
    By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Despite wetter-than-average weather in California, some farmers are looking at another year of a zero federal water allocation even as the billions of gallons of water continue to be dumped into the ocean in order to save a three-inch fish.
    The worst part for many lawmakers at Wednesday’s House subcommittee hearing is that the Delta smelt remains as vulnerable as ever after the loss of 1.4 trillion gallons of water since 2008 under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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    PLEASE CLICK ON  AND LISTEN TO THE

    subcommittee hearing

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    High, Dry and Destitute

    Posted on by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

    California’s worst drought in 1200 years in pictures – BBC.com

    FARMERS BEFORE FISH?

    Pacific Legal Foundation, CHALLENGED, sought Supreme Court review, but the High Court denied, it set up reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s  ruling…..

    the court held that the protection of every endangered species is the highest priority of the federal government, regardless of the cost. The result has been a heavy-handed, top-down bureaucracy that frustrates human interests and species conservation.

    Status: On July 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied rehearing before the entire court, leaving an adverse ruling from March in place. PLF attorneys filed a petition for certiorari on September 30, 2014. The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Issue: Representing several California farmers, PLF attorneys are challenging the biological opinion (BiOp) by federal agencies used to restrict water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect the Delta smelt, a small fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. In 2012, PLF previously sought Supreme Court review of the case on a Commerce Clause challenge because smelt are in intrastate species, but the High Court denied cert. With a recent adverse ruling at the Ninth Circuit on the biological opinion, it sets up reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s TVA v. Hill decision, relied on by the Ninth Circuit to uphold the smelt BiOp. In TVA v. Hill, the court held that the protection of every endangered species is the highest priority of the federal government, regardless of the cost. The result has been a heavy-handed, top-down bureaucracy that frustrates human interests and species conservation.

    Status: On July 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied rehearing before the entire court, leaving an adverse ruling from March in place. PLF attorneys filed a petition for certiorari on September 30, 2014.

    The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Complex and contradictory laws, and court decisions, and regulations have made it nearly impossible for water to flow and our communities to grow

    Indeed, a  growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions,

    Washington State Declares Drought Emergency

    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/washingtondrought-e
    The Huffington Post

    May 15, 2015 – Drought isn’t just a California problem, folks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday

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    How complex is this?

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

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     As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy explained, “California is enduring its worst drought in 1,200 years, and a growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions.”

    This week, the House will consider a bill to address water policies in California and the West:

    What happened to this?

    Western Water and American Food Security Act (HR 2898)

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    Dec 4, 2015

    Behind My Back | Congress Must Act on Water Issues

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

    Dec 4, 2015Congress 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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  • Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

    California’s worst drought in 1200 years in pictures – BBC.com

    FARMERS BEFORE FISH?

    The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Issue: Representing several California farmers, PLF attorneys are challenging the biological opinion (BiOp) by federal agencies used to restrict water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect the Delta smelt, a small fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. In 2012, PLF previously sought Supreme Court review of the case on a Commerce Clause challenge because smelt are in intrastate species, but the High Court denied cert. With a recent adverse ruling at the Ninth Circuit on the biological opinion, it sets up reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s TVA v. Hill decision, relied on by the Ninth Circuit to uphold the smelt BiOp. In TVA v. Hill, the court held that the protection of every endangered species is the highest priority of the federal government, regardless of the cost. The result has been a heavy-handed, top-down bureaucracy that frustrates human interests and species conservation.

    Status: On July 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied rehearing before the entire court, leaving an adverse ruling from March in place. PLF attorneys filed a petition for certiorari on September 30, 2014. The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Complex and contradictory laws, and court decisions, and regulations have made it nearly impossible for water to flow and our communities to grow

    Indeed, a  growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions,

    Washington State Declares Drought Emergency

    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/washingtondrought-e
    The Huffington Post

    May 15, 2015 – Drought isn’t just a California problem, folks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday

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    How complex is this?

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

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     As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy explained, “California is enduring its worst drought in 1,200 years, and a growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions.”

    This week, the House will consider a bill to address water policies in California and the West:

    Western Water and American Food Security Act (HR 2898)

    • Sponsor: Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) —Bipartisan— “Aims to make more water available to families, farmers, and communities in California and bordering Western states. The dedication of vast quantities of water to protect certain species of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a significant obstacle hindering water delivery in Central and Southern California. HR 2898 will require federal agencies to use current and reliable data when making regulatory decisions, which in turn will provide more water for communities in need,” according to the bill sponsor. The bill will also provide federal regulators with direction and flexibility to capture water during periods of greater precipitation, which can be used to increase California’s water supplies dramatically. (Read bill text)

     


  • Past and Present Drought in WA State

    History of Droughts in Washington State

    An interesting read on WA State DROUGHT PLANS

    BEFORE THE INSTREAM FLOW RULES.

    History of Droughts in Washington State_1977.pdf  A 43 page document

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    PRESENT DROUGHT PLANS FOR CITIZENS IN WA STATE?

    AFTER THE INSTREAM FLOW RULES?

    May 24, 2015  The WA statewide drought emergency PLAN?.

    Hmmm…  LAWMAKERS have yet to act on DOE’s request for $9.6 million in drought relief funds. The request came in late March, weeks after legislators began putting together spending plans.

    UPDATE: WHAT’S THE HOLDUP ON THE $9.6 MILLION IN DROUGHT RELIEF FUNDS?

    What’s the problem?

    WATER FOR CITIZENS IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR…

    IT’S A VALUE JUDGMENT

    At a drought committee meeting Monday, Honeyford reminded Stanford that he had been willing to embrace Stanford’s drought preparation bill in exchange for the House approving legislation to let the city of Lynden draw water from the Nooksack River in Whatcom County.

    Tribes and environmental groups oppose the bill, which passed the Senate.

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    THE “CITIZENS  REVIEW” OF ECOLOGY’S DROUGHT PLANS IN WA STATE?

    What YOU can expect at a COMMUNITY DROUGHT FORUM?

    This  Report by Lois Krafsky-Perry
    for Citizen Review
    Posted Saturday, May 23, 2015

    Sequim/Dungeness community listens to drought concerns

    IT’S A MUST READ

    http://citizenreviewonline.org/sequimdungeness-community-listens-to-drought-concerns/

    CITIZENS REVIEW  is an online  resource for disseminating critical information to keep citizens informed

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    AS PROVIDED ABOVE BY LOIS…

    We the people have partners too….

    My website, behindmyback.org,  is dedicated to investigating, researching, documenting, UPDATING and disseminating critical information to help keep American citizens informed by posting and reporting things they don’t know. This is just one chapter in the book of revelations by Pearl Revere.

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     A 43 page document History of Droughts in Washington State_1977.pdf

    MEDIA Drought alert Sun., Feb. 6, 1977  

    WOW! THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Dear Reader: On February 16, 1977, Governor Dixy Lee Ray established the “Governor’s … drought occurrences in the State of Washington since 1900. Various.

    OCR Text

    Northwest Officials ponder energy outlook By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some nfflntnla HUn n*a« nn n_.. «-L. nn«<m.»». .i~-i_i_n.. M .-. THE DAILY NEWS—21 Angeles, Wash., Sun., Feb. 6, 1977

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nervous government weather- watchers are mobilizing for battle should a Pacific Northwest drought short-circuit electric power and whither crops this spring. Homeowners may be asked — or forced — to reduce their electrical use. During Christmas, Seattle City Light asked its 370,000 customers not to use outdoor decorative lighting. Further sacrifices may be around the corner if a serious drought occurs.

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    MEDIA COVERAGE?   2015 WA STATE DROUGHT?  

    NOT SO MUCH..

    CAPITAL PRESS  Published:  

    Their full media report is  here

    Washington’s late reaction to drought revives legislation …

    www.capitalpress.com/Washington/…/washingtons-late-react

    Capital Press May 14, 2015 – A House bill to revise how the state prepares for a drought sank in the Senate, but may resurface in the special session.

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    Ecology’s  current drought report is sort of an interesting reading.

    Last revised: May 22, 2015

    Washington Drought 2015 | Washington State Department …

    www.ecy.wa.gov/drought/

    3 days ago – Washington State Weekly Drought Update – Office of Washington State … Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal – View Map …

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    And more history…. a response from Ecology

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Marti, Jeff (ECY)

    To: pearl hewett

    Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 5:23 PM

    Subject: RE: History of Droughts in Washington State

    Pearl, good sleuthing.   1977 was indeed a bad drought year, which triggered the (still ongoing) Yakima water rights adjudication.

    Here’s a couple more reports that you might find interesting.

    Jeff

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    Jeff Marti

    Water Resources Program

    360-407-6627

    jeff.marti@ecy.wa.gov

    2005 Drought Response Report to the Legislature

    www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0611001.html

    • 2005 Drought Response Report to the Legislature … While it is generally viewed as a climate anomaly, in fact drought is the dry part of the normal climate cycle.

    Drought Response 2001: Report to the Legislature

    www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0111017.html

    Author(s), Curt Hart. Description, This legislative report outlines how the state agencies responsible for managing Washington’s emergency drought activities .

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    History of Droughts in Washington State 1900 to 1977 etc…

    Title History of Droughts in Washington State
    Publication Type Report
    Year of Publication 1977
    Authors Staff, GAHEWEC
    Keywords climate, droughts, environment, historic, history, washington, water
    Title History of Droughts in Washington State
    Publication Type Report
    Year of Publication 1977
    Authors Staff, GAHEWEC
    Keywords climate, droughts, environment, historic, history, washington, water

     



  • Are You A Normal Person?

    Are You A Normal Person?

    The is a DIRECT QUOTE OF ECOLOGY’S ANSWER  to a basic question.

    Aren’t people more important than fish?

    IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON, YOU’D ANSWER “YES, PEOPLE USUALLY ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH.”

    HOWEVER, the issue of instream flow isn’t that simple.  It actually boils down to a “VALUE JUDGMENT” of what we want our world to look like.

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    VALUE JUDGMENT by definition

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted to assessments that reveal the values of the person making the assessment rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY  Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

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    ARE INSTREAM FLOWS ALL ABOUT PROTECTING FISH? WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE?

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    SO? WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE?

    ARE YOU A NORMAL PERSON?

     By definition.. NORMAL is also used to describe individual behaviour that CONFORMS TO THE MOST COMMON BEHAVIOUR IN SOCIETY (known as conformity). Definitions of normality vary by person, time, place, and situation – it changes along with changing societal standards and norms.

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    ARE PEOPLE USUALLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH?

    By definition.. USUALLY?

    1. Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed

    2. Regularly or customarily used

    3. In CONFORMITY with regular practice or procedure:

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    ARE PEOPLE  MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH?

    USUALLY…….

    By definition.. HOWEVER

    1. In spite of that

    2. nevertheless

    3.  by whatever means

    4.  in whatever manner

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    It actually boils down to aVALUE JUDGMENT” (by definition)

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted TO ASSESSMENTS THAT REVEAL THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT?

     WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY VALUES FISH BEFORE PEOPLE?

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    Hmmm… THE $$$ VALUES  OF EARTH ECONOMICS ?

    devoted to promoting ecosystem health and ecological economics

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules
    Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

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    What was the question?

    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people?

    What was ECOLOGY’S Answer?

    Isn’t instream flow really an issue of “water for fish” vs. “water for people”?  Aren’t people more important than fish?  If you’re a normal person, you’d answer “yes, people usually are more important than fish.”  However, the issue of instream flow isn’t that simple.  It actually boils down to a value judgment of what we want our world to look like.  Fish are in fact just one of many organisms that live in streams but they often offer a gauge of overall environmental health.

     Instream flow is an issue of water and river management – seeking ways to maintain healthy, diverse ecosystems that contribute to a high quality of life while sustaining our basic life functions and economies.  Accomplishing this goal is never easy, as it involves integration of scientific knowledge and societal demands within a set of legal limitations.

    But informed and effective instream flow management should afford a healthy, enjoyable existence for people while maintaining healthy, diverse aquatic resources.   It’s much more complicated than “keeping a little water in the creek for the fish.”

    Instream Flow Council

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    WA STATE ELECTED LEGISLATORS VALUE JUDGMENT?

     INSTREAM FLOW IS AN ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

    An assessment of a person, situation, or event. THE TERM IS OFTEN RESTRICTED TO ASSESSMENTS THAT REVEAL THE VALUES OF THE PERSON MAKING THE ASSESSMENT rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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    THE OBJECTIVE REALITIES OF WHAT IS BEING ASSESSED?

    Start here

    EVEN,  BEFORE GOVERNOR INSLEE’S WA STATE DROUGHT DECLARATION

    INSTREAM FLOW WAS AN ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

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    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 farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND 

    DESTITUTE  by definition, WITHOUT THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE.

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    WHAT’S NEXT?

    AFTER, GOVERNOR INSLEE’S WA STATE DROUGHT DECLARATION?

    INSTREAM FLOW IS NOW A  CRITICAL ISSUE OF WATER FOR CITIZENS

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    WHAT’S NEXT?

    Community Drought Forum

    May 21, 2015

    6:00-8:30PM

    Guy Cole Convention Center

    202 North Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382

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    Please GO PUBLIC with this.

    Invite every “CITIZEN” that is critically affected by

    Ecology’s WA State Drought Response?

    2015 Dungeness Dry Year Leasing Program FAQs

    GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    PLEASE  attend this Clallam County Community Drought Forum

    JEFF MARTI DROUGHT COORDINATOR WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

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    ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT ECOLOGY’S WATER VALUE JUDGMENT?

    GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    WATER RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (WRAC)

    Meetings are normally attended by about FORTY PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT STATE AGENCIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, WATER UTILITIES, INDIAN TRIBES, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, CONSULTANTS, LAW FIRMS AND OTHER WATER STAKEHOLDERS. 

     GOT QUESTIONS? WANT ANSWERS?

    CONTACT

    Chris Anderson
    Department of Ecology, Water Resources Program
    e-mail: chris.anderson@ecy.wa.gov
    Phone: 360-407-6634

     


  • Water for Fish vs. Water for People?

    Water for Fish vs.  Water for People?

     Aren’t people more important than fish? 

     If you’re a normal person, you’d answer “yes,

    people USUALLY are more important than FISH.” 

    HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF “INSTREAM FLOW” ISN’T THAT SIMPLE.  IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    WA  STATE LAW IS CLEAR THAT INSTREAM FLOWS  “MUST” BE SET AT LEVELS THAT PROTECT AND PRESERVE FISH

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    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules
    Answers to your basic questions,

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/instream-flows/isf101.html

    What is an instream flow? Answer…

    Why are stream flows important? Answer…

    What is an “instream flow rule”? Answer…

    Are there instream flows set in my watershed? Answer…

    How could setting instream flows affect me? Answer…

    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people? Answer…

    How are instream flow numbers determined? Answer…

    Why are instream flows sometimes higher than the flow in the stream? Answer…

    Why not set flow levels lower than the existing flows in the stream? Answer…

    What are the laws that allow Ecology to set flows by rule? Answer…

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    GOT QUESTIONS?  ECOLOGY’S GOT ALL THE BASIC ANSWERS

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules …

    www.ecy.wa.gov › Water Resources › Instream Flows In Washington

    This web page answers basic questions about instream flows and instream flow rules.

    Introduction to Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules

    This web page answers basic questions about instream flows and instream flow rules.

    What is an instream flow? Answer…

    Why are stream flows important? Answer…

    What is an “instream flow rule”? Answer…

    Are there instream flows set in my watershed? Answer…

    How could setting instream flows affect me? Answer…

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    Are instream flows all about protecting fish? What about people?

    Answer…

    Washington state law requires that instream resources, including fish, have adequate flow levels to protect and preserve them.

    When setting flows, a lot of discussion centers around fish needs because fish are considered an “indicator species” – setting instream flow levels adequate for fish generally provides flows adequate for other instream resources. And fish needs can be more easily quantified by existing methods than other instream values.  This is why fish studies are usually the basis for determining instream flow numbers.

    Adequate stream flows are important for instream resources and values that directly impact people, including water quality, recreational activities like fishing, boating and swimming, and the scenic and aesthetic qualities of natural settings that Washington State is famous for. (Also see the question Why are stream flows important?)

    When making decisions about water right permits, it is necessary to know how much is needed and how much is available.  Adopting instream flow rules help Ecology determine whether there is enough water for additional out-of-stream uses and support local communities in managing their current and future water needs.

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    ISN’T INSTREAM FLOW REALLY AN ISSUE OF

    “WATER FOR FISH” VS. “WATER FOR PEOPLE”? 

     AREN’T PEOPLE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH? 

     IF YOU’RE A NORMAL PERSON, YOU’D ANSWER

     “YES, PEOPLE USUALLY ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FISH.” 

     HOWEVER, THE ISSUE OF INSTREAM FLOW ISN’T THAT SIMPLE. 

     IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    of what we want our world to look like.  Fish are in fact just one of many organisms that live in streams but they often offer a gauge of overall environmental health.

    Instream flow is an issue of water and river management – seeking ways to maintain healthy, diverse ecosystems that contribute to a high quality of life while sustaining our basic life functions and economies.  Accomplishing this goal is never easy, as it involves integration of scientific knowledge and societal demands within a set of legal limitations.

    But informed and effective instream flow management should afford a healthy, enjoyable existence for people while maintaining healthy, diverse aquatic resources.   It’s much more complicated than “keeping a little water in the creek for the fish.”

    Instream Flow Council

    Welcome to the Instream Flow Council (link as provided above by ecology)

    The Instream Flow Council (IFC) is a NON-PROFIT organization made up of state, provincial, and territorial fish and wildlife agencies working to improve the effectiveness of instream flow programs and activities for conserving fish and wildlife and related aquatic resources.

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    How are instream flow numbers determined? Answer…

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    Why are instream flows sometimes higher than the flow in the stream?

    Answer…

    While the amount of water in the stream is considered when determining instream flow numbers, they cannot be based solely on existing levels (see next question).

    STATE LAW IS CLEAR THAT INSTREAM FLOWS MUST BE SET AT LEVELS THAT PROTECT AND PRESERVE FISH and instream resources over the long-term.  The instream flows reflect levels that would be beneficial for fish if those flows were present in the stream.

    Actual stream flow levels naturally vary throughout the year due to seasonal changes and water use.  So the differences between the actual stream flows and instream flows will also vary throughout the year.

    If the instream flow number is high relative to the average stream flow in the stream in the summer, this does not mean that the instream flow number is wrong.  Rather it means that the stream will provide more fish habitat in wet years than in dry ones.  Protecting the occasional “good water year” is needed to preserve a healthy population of fish.  If we want to protect the habitat available in those good wet years, then the instream flow needs to be set at that higher flow level.

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    Why not set flow levels lower than the existing flows in the stream? Answer…

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    What are the laws that allow Ecology to set flows by rule?

    Answer…

    The legal authority to set instream flows by rule comes from laws passed by the state legislature, including:

    • Construction projects in state waters (RCW 77.57.020)
    • Water code (RCW 90.03.247)
    • Minimum water flows and levels (Chapter 90.22 RCW)
    • Water resources act of 1971 (Chapter 90.54 RCW, particularly section 020)
    • Watershed planning (RCW 90.82.080

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    The bottom line

    The nuts and the Boltd of it

    THE ISSUE OF “INSTREAM FLOW” IS REALLY VERY SIMPLE. 

    IT ACTUALLY BOILS DOWN TO A VALUE JUDGMENT

    NO MORE FISH BEFORE PEOPLE


  • Water Out of DOE Control?

    Who’s in and Who’s out  of Water  Power?

    NEWS FLASH January 15, 2015 ECOLOGY’S WATER RULERS  document in a letter, that, THEY ARE POWER-LESS, RULE-LESS, TOOL-LESS,  INEFFECTIVE? AND INADEQUATE?

     “Under current law, Ecology has no rule making tools that would allow us to adequately protect instream resources and effectively make water available for new year-round consumptive uses in the Skagit Basin.”

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    WHY IS WA STATE ECOLOGY (DOE) POWERLESS?

    IT’S COMPLICATED, GREAT QUESTION, GLAD YOU ASKED

    I once received a response from WA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BOB FERGUSON

    The response, ABOUT WATER, was ? IT’S COMPLICATED

    COMPLICATED by definition,  difficult to understand, deal with, or explain

    1. A REASONABLE PERSON WOULD BE INCAPABLE OF  UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFICULTY OF IT?

    2. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to deal with?

    3. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to explain?

     I MUST BE A  REALLY UNREASONABLE PERSON (I posted this in response)

    Everything is too Complicated

    Posted on February 17, 2014 12:57 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett

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    HOW COMPLICATED ARE THE IN’S AND OUT’S OF WATER CONTROL?

    This short form IS NOT in chronological order

    The individual States own all of their water?

    BUT THE  FEDS CONTROL all of the  water?

    Congress Acts? The Clean Water Act

    The Clean Water Act was linked  to,  the Endangered Species Act,

    Which in turn, was  linked to the Boldt decision,

    Which in turn, was  linked to first right of WATER for tribes,

    Which in turn was  linked to the  taking of WATER  FOR FISH BEFORE PEOPLE,

    Which in turn was  linked to the feds giving ownership of the water to the individual states

    Which in turn was  linked to Ecology’s state water rulers

    Which in turn was  linked to Ecology’s taking of water from a multitude of private property owners.

    Which in turn was  linked to a multitude of objections, appeals,  lawsuits, and repeals.

    Which in turn was  linked to  Ecology letter, January 15, 2015,  in  response to the Petition to Repeal the 2001 Instream Flow Rule

     Which in turn was  linked to  Ecology letter “Under current law, Ecology has no rule making tools that would allow us to adequately protect instream resources and effectively make water available for new year-round consumptive uses in the Skagit Basin.”

    Which in turn was  linked to  the Jan 17, 2015 posting of The Ins and Outs of Water Control

    Which in turn was  linked to  the NEWS FLASH on ECOLOGY’S WATER RULERS  document in a letter, that, THEY ARE POWER-LESS, RULE-LESS, TOOL-LESS,  INEFFECTIVE? AND INADEQUATE?

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    (I wouldn’t even support a man in that condition) Sorry, I just can’t help myself

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    WHO HAS THE POWER TO CONTROL ALL WATER?

    MOTHER NATURE…

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    IT’S COMPLICATED

    WHO? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? AND WHAT? IS  REALLY  IN CONTROL? AND CONTROLLING AMERICA’S WATER?   OUR ELECTED CONGRESS? GOVERNING?, THE APPOINTED, GOVERNMENT AGENCY, TRIBAL TREATY? THE TRIBES? THE FISH? THE EPA? SUPPORTED BY THE NGO SELFIES, AKA WATER WITCHES?

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    I HAVE A REALLY BIG PROBLEM WITH ECOLOGY AND OUR WA STATE LEGISLATORS

    THEY LEGISLATED THE POWER TO ECOLOGY TO RULE AND TAKE OUR WATER

    which in turn was  linked to Ecology’s state water rulers

    which in turn was  linked to Ecology’s taking of water from a multitude of private property owners.

    AND THE ALL POWERFUL ECOLOGY HAS RUN AMOK EVER SINCE,  RULING, AND TAKING, AND TAKING, AND RESTRICTING, AND DENYING US WATER

    which in turn was  linked to a multitude of objections, appeals,  lawsuits, and repeals.

    AND WHAT HAVE OUR ELECTED WA STATE LEGISLATORS DONE TO CORRECT THE WATER DEBACLE  THEY LEGISLATED?

    AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE

    Which in turn was  linked to  the Jan 17, 2015 posting of The In’s and Out’s of Water Control

    documentation below

    BACK TO THE TOP

    From: Zachary Barborinas

    To: Skagit Watershed

    Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 2:29 PM

    Subject: Skagit Watershed: Ecology Petition Denied

    The Department of Ecology has responded to the Petition to Repeal the 2001 Instream Flow Rule. Not surprisingly, they have denied the request (see attached). Ecology agrees that a plain reading of the rule only requires mitigation at the main stem gauge, but as expected, cautions such a reading could result in litigation.  And perhaps my favorite part of their response:

    “Under current law, Ecology has no rule making tools that would allow us to adequately protect instream resources and effectively make water available for new year-round consumptive uses in the Skagit Basin.”

    Once again, the Legislature must engage this situation since the managers of our water cannot find a solution in the third largest watershed on the west coast.  The Petitioners will be meeting in the days ahead to discuss their next step.

    Have a good weekend.

    Regards,

    Zachary J. Barborinas

    Just Water Alliance

    www.justwateralliance.org

     


  • (2) How Do The Tribes Do It?

    Part (2) How Do the Tribes Do It?

    CASINO INCOME? or FISH INCOME?

    GAMING ON NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS EARNED $26.5 BILLION IN 2011.

    “IN 2012, THE INDIAN GAMING INDUSTRY SAW ITS LARGEST GROSS GAMING REVENUES EVER,” said Tracie Stevens, Chairwoman of the NIGC. http://500nations.com/news/Indian_Casinos/20130723.asp

    HOW MANY TRIBES STILL DEPEND ON (by treaty rights and agreement) FOR AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH”

    TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING?

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    BY TREATY THE  ADEQUATE FISH AGREEMENT? V. CASINO MODERATE LIVING INCOME?

    Therefore, as this Court acknowledged in its Phase II decision,

    Fishing Vessel CONCLUDED THAT THE TRIBES ARE ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES TO AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH” SO LONG AS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING.

    See 759 F.2d at 1358.

    A MODERATE LIVING FOR THE TRIBES? FROM FISH INCOME?

    ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES? SO LONG AS NECESSARY?

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED, HAS TRIBAL CASINO’S INCOME EXCEEDED AND REPLACED

    THE NEED FOR FISH INCOME?

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    HOW MANY WA STATE TRIBAL CASINOS?

    WOW, MORE WA STATE TRIBAL CASINOS THEN THERE ARE TRIBES?

    HOW MUCH TRIBAL CASINO INCOME?

    Washington Indian Casinos by Tribes

    Search by  Map  | Casino List  |  Tribe  |  Cities

      Tribes   Casinos
    Confederated Tribes and Bands
    of the Yakama Indian Nation

    P.O. Box 151
    Fort Road
    Toppenish, WA 98948
    Phone Number: (509) 865-5121
    Fax Number: (509) 865-5528
    Yakama Nation Legends Casino
    580 Fort Road
    Toppenish, Washington 98948
    (509) 865-8800

    Confederated Tribes of the
    Chehalis Reservation

    P.O. Box 536
    Oakville, WA 98568
    (360) 273-5911Gaming compact signed 12/21/1992.
    Lucky Eagle Casino
    12888 188th Avenue SW
    Rochester, WA 98579
    360-273-2000Eagles Landing Hotel & Slots
    12840 188th Ave SW
    Rochester, WA 98579
    360-273-8640

    Confederated Tribes of the
    Colville Reservation

    P.O. Box 150
    Nespelem, WA 99155
    Phone Number: (509) 634-2200
    Fax Number: (509) 634-4116Gaming compact signed 8/29/2002.
    Coulee Dam Casino
    515 Birch Street
    Coulee Dam, WA 99116
    509-633-0766Mill Bay Casino
    455 Wapato Lake Road
    Manson, WA 98831-9577
    1-800-648-2946Okanogan Casino
    41 Apple Way Road
    Okanogan, Washington 98840-9689
    (509) 422-4646Omak Casino – Opens Mid-2015
    Omak, WA

    Cowlitz Indian Tribe
    Administration Office
    1055 9th Ave, Suite B
    Longview, WA 98632
    Phone: 360-577-8140
    Fax: 360-577-7432
    Cowlitz Casino Resort
    La Center, Washington

    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
    1033 Old Blyn Highway
    Sequim, WA 98382
    Phone Number: (360) 681-1109
    Fax Number: (360) 681-4643Gaming compact signed 2/19/1993.
    7 Cedars Casino
    270756 Highway 101
    Sequim, Washington 98382-7677
    (360) 683-7777

    Kalispel Tribe
    Box 39
    Usk, WA 99180
    Phone: 509-445-1147
    Fax: 509-445-1705Gaming compact signed 10/22/1998.
    Northern Quest Resort & Casino
    100 North Hayford Road
    Airway Heights, WA 99001
    (509) 242-7000
    (888) 603-705

    Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington
    2851 Lower Elwha Rd
    Port Angeles WA 98363
    Phone Number: (360) 452-8471
    Fax Number: (360) 452-3428
    Elwha River Casino
    631 Stratton Road
    Port Angeles, WA 98363
    (360)452-3005

    Lummi Nation
    2616 Kwina Road
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    Phone Number: (360) 384-1489
    Fax Number: (360) 380-1850Gaming compact signed 9/21/1995.
    Silver Reef Casino
    4876 Haxton Way at Slater Road
    Ferndale, WA 98248
    (360) 383-0777
    (866) 383-0777

    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
    39015 172nd St., SE
    Auburn, WA 98002
    Phone Number: (253) 939-3311
    Fax Number: (253) 931-8570Gaming compact signed 2/19/1993.
    Muckleshoot Casino
    2402 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, Washington 98002
    (800) 804-4944Muckleshoot Casino II
    2600 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, WA 98002Muckleshoot Indian Bingo
    2117 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, Washington 98002
    (253) 735-2404

    Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation
    4820 She-Nah-Num Drive S.E.
    Olympia, WA 98513
    Phone Number: (360) 456-5221
    Fax Number: (360) 456-9553Gaming compact signed 5/25/1995.
    Red Wind Casino
    12819 Yelm Highway Southeast
    Olympia, Washington 98513-9111
    (360) 412-5000
    (866) 946-2444

    Nooksack Indian Tribe
    P.O. Box 157
    Deming, WA 98244
    (360) 592-5176Gaming compact signed 10/28/1991.
    Nooksack Northwood Casino
    9750 Northwood Road
    Lynden WA 98264
    (360) 734-5101Nooksack River Casino
    5048 Mt Baker Hwy
    Deming, Washington
    (360) 592-5472

    Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
    31912 Little Boston Road NE
    Kingston, WA 98346
    (206) 297-2646Gaming compact signed 1/27/1995.
    The Point Casino
    7989 Salish Lane NE
    Kingston, WA 98346
    (360) 297-0070

    Puyallup Tribe of Indians
    2002 East 28th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98404
    Phone Number: (253) 573-7828
    Fax Number: (253) 680-5996Gaming compact signed 5/28/1996.
    Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino
    5700 Pacific Hwy. E
    Fife, WA 98424
    888-831-7655Emerald Queen Casino I-5
    2024 E 29th St
    Tacoma, WA 98404-4974
    253-594-7777

    Quinault Tribe of the Quinault
    Reservation Washington

    PO Box 189
    Taholah WA 98587
    Phone Number: (360) 276-8211
    Fax Number: (360) 276-8256Gaming compact signed 7/9/1996.
    Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
    78 St. Rt. 115
    Ocean Shores, Washington 98569
    (360) 289-9466

    Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation
    PO Box 130, Tokeland WA 98590
    Phone Number: (360) 267-6766
    Fax Number: (360) 267-6778Gaming compact signed 8/22/2002.
    Shoalwater Bay Casino
    4112 Highway 105
    Tokeland, Washington 98590
    360-267-2048
    888-332-2048

    Skokomish Indian Tribe of the
    Skokomish Reservation

    P.O. Box 130
    Tokeland, WA 98590
    Phone: (360) 267-6766
    Fax: (360) 267-6778Gaming compact signed 5/25/1995.
    Lucky Dog Casino
    19330 N US Highway 101
    Skokomish Nation, WA 98584
    (360) 877-5656

    Snoqualmie Nation
    P.O. Box 280
    Carnation, Washington 98014
    Phone: 425-333-6551
    Fax: 425-333-6727Gaming compact signed 2/16/2008.
    Snoqualmie Casino
    37500 SE North Bend Way
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065
    425-888-1234

    Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation
    P.O. Box 100
    Wellpinit, WA 99040
    Phone Number: (509) 458-6500
    Fax Number: (509) 458-6553Gaming compact signed 4/30/2007.
    Chewelah Casino
    2555 Smith Road
    Chewelah, Washington 99109-9689
    (800) 322-2788
    (509) 258-9845Two Rivers Casino & Resort
    Spokane Tribe of Indians
    6828-B Highway 25
    Davenport, WA 99122
    (800) 722-4031

    Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin
    Island Reservation

    70 S.E. Squaxin Lane
    Shelton, WA 98584
    Phone Number: (360) 426-9781
    Fax Number: (360) 426-6577
    Little Creek Casino Resort
    91 West State Route 108
    Shelton, Washington 98584
    (360) 427-7711

    Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington
    P.O. Box 277
    Arlington, WA 98223
    Phone Number: (360) 652-7362
    Fax Number: (360) 659-3113
    Angel of the Winds Casino
    3438 Stoluckquamish Lane
    Arlington, Washington 98223
    (360) 474-9740

    Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation
    P.O. Box 498
    Suquamish, WA 98392
    Phone Number: (360) 598-3311
    Fax Number: (360) 598-3135
    Clearwater Casino
    15347 Suquamish Way
    Suquamish, Washington 98392-9649
    (360) 598-8700

    Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington
    11404 Moorage Way
    LaConner, WA 98257
    Phone Number: (360) 466-3163
    Fax Number: (360) 466-7363
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge
    12885 Casino Drive
    Anacortes, Washington 98221-8363
    (360) 293-2691

    Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington
    6700 Totem Beach Road
    Marysville, WA 98271
    Phone Number: (360) 716-4500
    Fax Number: (360) 716-0628
    Tulalip Bingo
    2911 Quil Ceda Way
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    800-631-3313Tulalip Resort Casino
    Tulalip Tribes
    10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    (360) 651-1111Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub & Casino
    6410 33rd Ave NE
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    360-716-1700

    Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington
    25952 Community Plaza Way
    Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
    Phone Number: (360) 854-7090
    Fax Number: (360) 854-7004
    Skagit Valley Casino Resort
    Operated by Harrah’s Ent
    5984 N. Dark Lane
    Bow, WA 98232
    (360) 724-7777

    WA State TRIBAL TREATY’S

    Stevens Treaties Treaty of Medicine Creek, December 26, 1854 (10 Stat. 1132); or

    Treaties Treaty of Point Elliott, January 22, 1855 (12 Stat. 927);

    Treaty of Point No Point, January 26, 1855 (12 Stat. 933);

    Treaty with the Makah, January 31, 1855 (12 Stat. 939);

    Treaty of Olympia, July 1, 1855 (12 Stat. 971)

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    HOW MANY WA STATE TRIBES?

    HOW MANY Washington Indian Casinos?

    Tribes Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation

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    Hoh Tribe

    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

    Lower Elwha Bank of Klallams,

    Lummi Indian Nation

    Makah Indian Tribe

    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

    Nisqually Indian Tribe

    Nooksack Indian Tribe

    Port Gamble

    Band Clallam,

    Puyallup Tribe

    Quileute Indian Tribe

    Quinault Indian Nation

    Sauk-Suiattle Tribe,

    Skokomish Indian Tribe

    Squaxin Island Tribe

    Stillaguamish Tribe

    Suquamish Indian Tribe,

    Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

    Tulalip Tribes

    Upper Skagit Indian Tribes

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    the bottom line

    HOW MANY TRIBES STILL DEPEND ON (by treaty rights and agreement) FOR AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH”

    TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING?

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    A MODERATE LIVING FOR THE TRIBES? FROM FISH INCOME?

    ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES? SO LONG AS NECESSARY?

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED, HAS? TRIBAL CASINO’S INCOME EXCEEDED AND REPLACED  THE NECESSITY OF FISH INCOME?

    IS IT TIME TO REVOLT ON THE BOLDT?

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    “IN 2012, THE INDIAN GAMING INDUSTRY SAW ITS LARGEST GROSS GAMING REVENUES EVER,” said Tracie Stevens, Chairwoman of the NIGC. http://500nations.com/news/Indian_Casinos/20130723.asp

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    Gaming Tax Law and

    Bank Secrecy Act Issues

    for Indian Tribal Governments

     

    A 44 PAGE REPORT  read more at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3908.pdf

     

    Even though INDIAN TRIBES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INCOME TAX, an individual tribal member not exempt from income taxation must report gross income amounts distributed or constructively received1. In tribal gaming, structure and ownership of a gaming operation has a significant impact on the taxability of the income, as explained in the examples below:

    Example1:

    A tribe may operate In incorporated businesses in or away from Indian country. THE INCOME DERIVED IS NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INCOME TAX. If the tribe decides to incorporate its business,

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  • EPA RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND

    IF THE EPA CALCULATES AND MANDATES THE COST OF AN UNFUNDED WA STATE RESTORATION “RAIN TAX” TO CLEAN UP PUGET SOUND?

    AT THE GOING EPA RATE OF $3,304,309.00 @ SQ MI FOR THE EPA MANDATED UNFUNDED RESTORATION OF CHESAPEAKE BAY, for the clean-up of 4479 sq mi of Chesapeake Bay.

    NO PROBLEM, PUGET SOUND (PER) PSP HAS ONLY 2500 SQ MI,

    IT WOULD ONLY BE $8,260,772,500.00  OVER  EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS

    FOR AN EPA UNFUNDED MANDATE “RAIN TAX” RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND

    SIGN ARE POSTED AT THE KINGSTON FERRY TERMINAL

    THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE DOCK.

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    Mar 21, 2014 – The people in Maryland are PROTESTING THE $14.8 BILLION DOLLAR RESTORATION “RAIN TAX” AN UNFUNDED AND MANDATED BY THE EPA FOR THE RESTORATION OF CHESAPEAKE BAY

    IN MARYLAND, CITIZENS HAVE, ONLY THREE THINGS ARE CERTAIN — DEATH, TAXES AND RAIN

    IN WASHINGTON STATE, CITIZENS HAVE, THINGS THAT ARE CERTAIN  DEATH,TAXES AND RAIN

    AND…  WOW,  

    922,000 acres of restricted public use and access in the WILD Olympic National Park, ONP UN Man and the Biosphere, ONP UN World Heritage Site, taxes, RAIN, fish, the Boldt decision, tribes, instream flows, $2.4 BILLION Dollar Federal Judgment for culverts for fish, 37 rivers in Washington  state designated as National Wild and Scenic, manipulated balding, breeding and seeding of endangered butterflies, reintroduction of endangered species, reintroduction of the sage grouse, critical areas for endangered species, (3) national monuments,San Juan Islands National Monument, Thanks to the Washington state house and senate for uniting to provide $65 million for the WWRP grant program AND ESRP has received and invested $26.5 million in state capital funds and an additional $2.5 million in federal partnership funds in restoration or protection projects.

    PATTY MURRAY WILL BE BACK FOR MORE WILDING IN WA STATE

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    April 22, 2013 by Pearl Rains Hewett comment

    SHALL THE PEOPLE OF WA STATE START PROTESTING NOW?

    INDEED, TODAY IS APRIL 9, 2014

    WHEN SHALL THE PEOPLE OF WA STATE START PROTESTING?

    INDEED,SIGNS ARE POSTED AT THE KINGSTON FERRY TERMINAL

    THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE DOCK.

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    MARYLAND LAWMAKERS FINALLY CONSIDER REPEALING

    THE SO-CALLED “RAIN TAX”

    www.theblaze.com/…/maryland-lawmakers-finally-consider-rep…

    TheBlaze

    Jan 22, 2014 – Maryland lawmakers in 2012 passed a bill to levy a fine on anything that prevented … meaning many state residents had no choice but to literally pay a tax on rain. … of the STORM WATER MANAGEMENT WATERSHED AND RESTORATION PROGRAM. … THE EPA ESTIMATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD COST ROUGHLY $14.8 BILLION.


  • If Corporations Are Not People?

    What ARE  the GLOBAL NON- GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS OF non-profit, tax exempt, special interest, radical extremist groups that are suing, settling, manipulating, coercing and unduly influencing, to a very great extent, or to an excessive, improper, or unjustifiable degree, our federal, state and local elected government officials and appointed agencies?

    OUR SILENCE ENABLES THE COLLECTIVE US GOVERNMENT, APPOINTED AGENCIES AND PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    To litigate and legislate the middle class, vested, hard working American man and his family down the bottom less EPA ENVRIONMENTAL poverty hole with unfunded federal mandates from the Affordable Care Act, the Clean Water Act, The Clean Air Act, The Endangered Species Act and indeed The proposed UNFUNDED Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014.

    THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA IS IN AN ECONOMIC CRISIS $17,264,902,213.00 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT,  NOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

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    Yes, they THE COLLECTIVE US  GOVERNMENT are smothering the goose that laid the gold egg.

    At every level of government in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    The ways and means? call them what you will, by which the government takes  more of our taxpayer dollars in an endless manipulated quagmire of the U.S. governments incomprehensible fiscally irresponsible new math.

     At every level, they are heaping more and more  layers of financial oppression on to “we the people” using unfunded trickle down mandates, tax, sale tax, road tax, transit taxes, taxes to study, medical care, tolls, fees, services, taxes for schools,  gas we are being nickeled and dimed into poverty.

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    And, what are they doing with our tax dollars? Indeed, they are THROWING OUR MONEY  into the NGO and EPA environmental endangered, restoration, sue and settle  poverty hole

    They are giving and granting our tax dollars to Global NON-Government Organizations to  pay for sue and settlements, for  endangered species, purchase, restoration, manipulated balding and seeding land with endangered butterflies for land trusts, selling us out  and selling us off to land conservation groups, open spaces, millions and millions of dollars in grants to  every global non-profit environmental group  that sticks out their GREEN  hand out!

    And,  every dollar of taxpayer money spent for and given to these non-government organizations, IS IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    the bottom line

    If corporations are not people?

    What SHALL WE CALL the GLOBAL NON- GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS OF non-profit, tax exempt, special interest, radical extremist groups that are suing, settling, manipulating, coercing and unduly influencing, to a very great extent, or to an excessive, improper, or unjustifiable degree, our federal, state and local elected government officials and appointed agencies?

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    If no one ever researches, documents and disseminates what Is going on?

    IF NO ONE EVER DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WHAT THE COLLECTIVE US GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO “WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”?

    If no one ever makes anything they are doing to “We THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” a matter of public record?

     If no one publicly challenges them ?

    If no one publicly questions them?

    If no one publicly exposes them?

     Then, they, THE COLLECTIVE US  GOVERNMENT will continue to do what they have always done without being censored by anyone.

    THE COLLECTIVE US  GOVERNMENT will continue to be the somebody and the something that suppresses and controls everything that may offend or harm others.

     

     


  • “Sue and Settle Sucks”

    Estimates are $300-$500 Billion dollars in unfunded mandated COST to “We the People” for EPA SECRET “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals, $300-$500 Billion dollars for JUST THE NEW RULES for The Clean Water Act and The Clean Air Act.

    Importantly, these new rules are not the outcome of legislation or rigorous scientific findings, but a DIRECT RESULT of a number of lawsuits with environmentalists

    In the past 3 years, the Administration has concluded approximately 60 settlements with special interest – 29 of these agreements bound EPA to make major policy changes. THE PLAINTIFFS IN THESE CASES ARE OFTEN THE VERY SAME REOCCURRING PLAYERS – THE SIERRA CLUB, NRDC, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, WILD EARTH GUARDIANS, AND CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY.
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    Sen. Vitter on Sue and Settle
    Posted on December 9, 2013 7:14 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    Federal agencies, including the Fish and Wildlife Service and EPA, use SECRET “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals to advance their radical environmental agenda WITHOUT ANY INPUT from those who will be affected, including states, local governments, and private citizens.
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    VITTER: Endangered Species Act’s hidden costs – Washington Times
    www.washingtontimes.com/news/…/ENDANGERED-SPECIES-ACTS-HIDDEN-COST…‎
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    $300-$500 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR ACT AND MORE HIDDEN-COST…‎ FOR 757 NEW ENDANGERED SPECIES?
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    Behind My Back | How Big is Sue and Settle?
    www.behindmyback.org/2013/11/09/how-big-is-sue-and-settle/‎
    Nov 9, 2013 – HELLO CONGRESS ANYBODY HOME? September 9, 2011 – A FEDERAL JUDGE APPROVED THE LANDMARK 757 SPECIES LEGAL AGREEMENT …
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    The Sue and Settle documents of TRUTH have been denied to 12 states by the EPA, they are NOT on the table.
    Twelve states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not complying with their PUBLIC-RECORDS requests for information on the implementation of …

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    My comment

    The Sue and Settle handwriting is a matter of record, , Global, Non-government, special interest groups have usurped the US Congress, the sovereignty of our states, the constitutional rights of the American People AND, TAKEN OVER THE RULE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN

    What is an American Grandmother so worried about?

    America in Crisis

    The credibility of the collective US Government

    The National Debt $17.2 Trillion Dollars

    The Obamacare debacle

    The Middle East 10 year war crisis

    The unresolved WA DC political scandals

    What ELSE really bothers me?

    Goggle behindmyback.org for the full text of “Sue and Settle Sucks”,
    more comments, media reports and Documentation.

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    Behind My Back | Tenacity And Bother?
    www.behindmyback.org/2013/09/21/1217/‎

    Sep 21, 2013 – WHY DO I BOTHER?

    Bottom line BECAUSE I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN and I have a right to freedom of SPEECH MY TENACITY and …
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    The EPA’s War Against the States: States are supposed to lead in …
    capitalresearch.org/…/the-epas-war-against-the-states-states-are-supposed…‎

    In the preamble of THE CLEAN AIR ACT (1963), Congress declared that “air pollution prevention . . . at its source is the primary responsibility of STATES and local governments.” According to the opening of THE CLEAN WATER ACT (1972), “It is the policy of the Congress to recognize, preserve, and protect the primary responsibilities and RIGHTS OF STATES TO PREVENT, REDUCE, AND ELIMINATE POLLUTION.”

    Oct 7, 2013 – EPA TAKEOVERS OF STATE PROGRAMS ARE UP AN ASTONISHING 2750%. … Sue-and-settle is made possible primarily by the fact that the EPA has more … and “green” groups reached 48 sue and settle agreements, a 380% increase.

    Behind My Back | Sue and Settle up 380%
    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/16/sue-and-settle-up-380/‎
    Oct 16, 2013 – The EPA HAD 48 SUE AND SETTLE AGREEMENTS during President Obama’s first term, representing A 380 PERCENT INCREASE from the …
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    Under EPA secret “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals

    The EPA unfunded mandated COST for the Clean Water Act and The Clean Air Act have been estimated to be $300-$500 Billion dollars a year dumped on the backs of “We the People” strangling economic growth and holding us back from prosperity.
    States are projecting BILLIONS IN COSTS under the threat of an EPA takeover of STATE WATER PROGRAMS.

    AND, the current BILLIONS IN EPA unfunded mandated COSTS for the EPA takeover of state water programs

    Does not reflect costs associated with controlling combined sewer and sanitary overflows or the implementation of the “Health Air Act”
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    WHY IS THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPORTING ON
    SECRET “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals ?
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local
    chambers and industry associations

    SUE AND SETTLE – US Chamber of Commerce
    www.uschamber.com/sites/default/…/SUEANDSETTLEREPORT-Final.p…‎
    additional methodology and the development of a database of sue and settle cases. … The U.S. Chamber of Commerce undertook an investigation of the sue.
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    Is the DOJ ignoring Obama’s Executive order 13563?
    “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” provision
    provision (a) Regulations SHALL be adopted through a process that involves PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
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    What does the EPA have to hide?
    12 States Sue EPA over Clean Air Records – Governing
    www.governing.com/…/12-States-Sue-EPA-over-Clean-Air-Records.htm…‎
    Twelve states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not complying with their PUBLIC-RECORDS requests for information on the implementation of …
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    THE BEST NEWS (full text on behindmyback.org)
    Sen. Vitter on Sue and Settle
    Posted on December 9, 2013 7:14 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has been scrutinizing the Obama Administration’s problems with transparency, specifically focusing on SECRET “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals.

    The “sue and settle” maneuver that federal agencies, including the Fish and Wildlife Service and EPA, use to advance their radical environmental agenda
    That Administration officials will make with far-left environmental groups to enact unnecessary and burdensome regulations WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM THOSE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND PRIVATE CITIZENS.
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    HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
    UNITED STATES SENATE REPORT Clouded Waters – U.S. Senate …
    www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View…‎
    Jun 30, 2011 – UNITED STATES SENATE REPORT. Clouded Waters: A Senate Report Exposing the High Cost of EPA’s Water Regulations and Their Impacts …
    Importantly, these new rules are not the outcome of legislation or rigorous scientific findings, but a DIRECT RESULT of a number of lawsuits with environmentalists

    These charges aren’t exactly new. Industry groups and EPA critics have given A NAME TO THIS SPECIAL BRAND OF RULEMAKING. IT’S CALLED “SUE AND SETTLE.”

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    Is the DOJ ignoring Obama’s Executive order 13563?
    Executive order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,”
    (a) Regulations SHALL be adopted through a process that involves PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
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    HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
    UNITED STATES SENATE REPORT Clouded Waters – U.S. Senate …
    www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View…‎
    Jun 30, 2011 – UNITED STATES SENATE REPORT. Clouded Waters: A Senate Report Exposing the High Cost of EPA’s Water Regulations and Their Impacts …
    Us Senate report Clouded Waters
    Importantly, these new rules are not the outcome of legislation or rigorous scientific findings, but a DIRECT RESULT of a number of lawsuits with environmentalists
    The agreements to regulate often DID NOT INCLUDE any meaningful opportunity
    for input from state and local entities
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    States are projecting BILLIONS IN COSTS under the threat of an EPA takeover of
    state water programs
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    MORE NEWS? UPDATE NEEDED?
    Judge: EPA Exceeded Authority Trying To Regulate Stormwater Runoff As Pollutant
    A federal judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection agency exceeded its authority by The judge agreed with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who argued that the EPA was trying to regulate water itself as a pollutant.
    In his ruling, O’Grady said:
    “Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it.” attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant.
    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/03/court-stormwater-runoff-not-a-pollutant-epa-cant-regulate-it/#ixzz2nIx4EdeJ
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    Maryland’s $14.8 BILLION DOLLAR EPA MANDATED, UNFUNDED, RAIN TAX

    PER RESPONSE FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL SEPT. 24, 2013
    EPA Sued and Settled

    Posted on November 3, 2013 12:02 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    Indeed the EPA was sued, the EPA settled and
    Sen. Maria Cantwell documented that the “sue and settle” legal settlement and rule created by and for the epa unfunded mandate did result in the $14.8 billion dollar Maryland rain tax.
    was not a result of legislation by congress, but was in fact caused by an EPA settlement.
    Thank you for contacting me about federal stormwater standards. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

    FOLLOWING A 2010 LEGAL SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE EPA AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION (FOWLER V. EPA),
    THE EPA AGREED TO CREATE A NEW FEDERAL STORMWATER RULE.
    The RULE will create performance standards for stormwater discharges at both newly developed and redeveloped sites, broaden the EPA’s oversight of Chesapeake Bay stormwater permits and set a standard for the total maximum daily discharge.

    The RULE will also potentially increase the number of cities regulated as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems, which can include underground pipes, roads with drainage pipes, gutters and ditches. Prior to developing the proposed stormwater rules, the EPA sought input from stakeholders in public forums. The EPA expects to finalize the RULE by December 10, 2014.
    Following a 2010 legal settlement between the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Fowler v. EPA), the EPA agreed to create a new federal stormwater rule.
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    Excerpt from “Clouded Waters”
    Importantly, these rulemakings are not the result of legislation or the outcome of scientific findings. Instead, these are the result of lawsuits by environmentalists and represent changes in long-held EPA positions, making discretionary duties non-discretionary. Additionally, in a rush to regulate, EPA is moving ahead without solid science and with no input from the communities who will shoulder the costs.

    Limited state and federal assistance leaves many communities with few options other than to pass the extra costs of these programs and mandates onto residents, and the benefits of regulation do not outweigh the costs.
    As this report also shows, they will likely be significant pain for little, if any environmental gain

    The law’s fiscal policy note pegs the price tag for implementing the program at $14.8 billion.
    The law’s fiscal policy note pegs the price tag for implementing the Maryland program at $14.8 billion.
    Notes: Exhibit does not reflect costs associated with controlling combined sewer and sanitary overflows or the implementation of the “Health Air Act”
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    As Gazzette columnist Blair Lee notes, the law is not so firm on where the money can be spent. In addition to funding stream and wetlands protection, a great deal of the tax revenue will flow into the bureaucratic maw for monitoring and inspection. Also, like the carbon pork in Maryland’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative law taxpayer dollars from the rain tax will flow into the hands of the environmental groups that lobbied for the law, for “outreach” and “education.”

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    Presidential Documents
    Executive Order 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review,” 58 Fed. Reg. 51735 (Oct. 4, 1993), as
    supplemented by Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” 76 Fed. Reg. 3821
    (Jan. 21, 2011).
    FEDERAL REGISTER
    Vol. 76, No. 14
    Friday, January 21, 2011
    Title 3—
    The President
    Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011
    Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
    Sec. 2.
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
    (a) Regulations SHALL be adopted through a process that involves PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. To that end, regulations shall be based, to the extent feasible and consistent with law, ON THE OPEN EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION and perspectives among State, local, and tribal officials, ex¬perts in relevant disciplines, affected stakeholders in the private sector, and the public as a whole.
    (b)
    To promote that open exchange, each agency, consistent with Executive
    Order 12866 and other applicable legal requirements, shall endeavor to
    PROVIDE THE PUBLIC with an opportunity to participate in the regulatory
    process. To the extent feasible and permitted by law, each agency SHALL
    AFFORD THE PUBLIC A MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT through the Internet on any proposed regulation, with a comment period that should generally
    be at least 60 days.
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    Inserted for clarity
    June 28, 2012 |
    9:00am in 2203 Rayburn House Office Building
    THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE has focused a significant amount of attention this Congress on the red tape that is strangling economic growth and holding us back from prosperity.
    At today’s hearing, we will continue this inquiry by examining the highly questionable practice perfected by THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY – KNOWN AS “SUE AND SETTLE,” which has emboldened the Administration to pursue an aggressive green agenda while escaping political accountability for the cost and burdens these regulations impose on job creators.
    In the past 3 years, the Administration has concluded approximately 60 settlements with special interest – 29 of these agreements bound EPA to make major policy changes. THE PLAINTIFFS IN THESE CASES ARE OFTEN THE VERY SAME REOCCURRING PLAYERS – THE SIERRA CLUB, NRDC, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, WILD EARTH GUARDIANS, AND CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY.

    But let us be clear – What EPA claims the law requires them to do is nothing more than what EPA has agreed to do in A COLLUSIVE ARRANGEMENT WITH SPECIAL INTEREST ALLIES. These arrangements are fundamentally unfair, lack transparency, are DESIGNED TO CIRCUMVENT other regulatory checks CONGRESS HAS PUT IN PLACE. environmental regulations only work when they are made in an open process that involves all stakeholders. SUE-AND-SETTLE RULEMAKING is an affront to that process.
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    Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011 continued

    To the extent feasible and permitted by law, each
    AGENCY SHALL ALSO PROVIDE, for both proposed and final rules, timely online access to the rulemaking docket on regulations.gov, including relevant sci¬entific and technical findings, in an open format that can be easily searched and downloaded. For proposed rules, such access SHALL INCLUDE, to the extent feasible and permitted by law, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT on all pertinent parts of the rulemaking docket, including relevant scientific and technical findings
    (c)
    Before issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking, each agency, where
    feasible and appropriate, shall seek the views of those who are likely to
    be affected, including those who are likely to benefit from and those who
    are potentially subject to such rulemaking.
    Sec. 3.
    Integration and Innovation.
    Some sectors and industries face a signifi¬cant number of regulatory requirements, some of which may be redundant, inconsistent, or overlapping. Greater coordination across agencies could re¬duce these requirements, thus reducing costs and simplifying and harmo¬nizing rules. In developing regulatory actions and identifying appropriate approaches, each agency shall attempt to promote such coordination, sim¬
    plification, and harmonization. Each agency shall also seek to identify, as
    appropriate, means to achieve regulatory goals that are designed to promote
    innovation.
    Sec. 4.
    Flexible Approaches.
    Where relevant, feasible, and consistent with
    regulatory objectives, and to the extent permitted by law, each agency shall
    identify and consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and main¬tain flexibility and FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR THE PUBLIC. These approaches
    include warnings, appropriate default rules, and DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS
    AS WELL AS PROVISION OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC IN A FORM THAT IS CLEAR AND INTELLIGIBLE
    Sec. 5.
    Science.
    Consistent with the President’s Memorandum for the Heads
    of Executive Departments and Agencies, ‘‘Scientific Integrity’’
    (March 9, 2009), and its implementing guidance, each agency SHALL ensure the objectivity of any scientific and technological information and processes used to support the agency’s regulatory actions.
    Sec. 6.
    Retrospective Analyses of Existing Rules.
    (a) To facilitate the periodic review of existing significant regulations, agencies shall consider how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or EXCESSIVELY BURDENSOME, and to modify, streamline, expand, OR REPEAL THEM in accordance with what has been learned. Such retrospective analyses, including supporting data, should be released online whenever possible.
    (b)
    Within 120 days of the date of this order, each agency shall develop
    and submit to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs a preliminary
    plan, consistent with law and its resources and regulatory priorities, under
    which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations
    to determine whether any such regulations should be modified, streamlined,
    expanded, OR REPEALED SO AS TO MAKE THE AGENCY’S REGULATORY PROGRAM MORE EFFECTIVE OR LESS BURDENSOME in achieving the regulatory objectives.

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    Sue and Settle – The Growing Problem of Closed-Door Rulemaking …
    www.jdsupra.com/…/sue-and-settle-the-growing-problem-of-16599/‎
    Apr 8, 2013 – So-called “sue and settle” tactics are becoming an increasingly … the accelerated timelines can afford little or no opportunity for review of new …
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    SUE AND SETTLE – US Chamber of Commerce
    www.uschamber.com/sites/default/…/SUEANDSETTLEREPORT-Final.p…‎
    additional methodology and the development of a database of sue and settle cases. ….. with no participation by other affected parties or the public.12 ….. states an estimated $2.16 billion over and above what they had been prepared to spend …
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    12 states sue EPA over agency’s alleged ‘sue and settle’ tactics
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013/
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    States Investigate EPA’s “Sue-and-Settle” Practice – ACOEL
    www.acoel.org/…/States-Investigate-EPAs-Sue-and-Settle-Practice.aspx‎
    Jan 15, 2013 – At issue is the EPA’s practice of entering into voluntary settlements of … public participation and judicial review; (ii) how billions of dollars in added costs … Tags: EPA, SUE-AND-SETTLE, OFF-RAMP RULEMAKING, COLLUSIVE SETTLEMENTS.
    Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President William Kovacs said at yesterday’s hearing that sue and settle is the vehicle by which EPA has instituted at least 16 rules in recent years, including such controversial regulations as New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities and refineries; revisions to the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and Clean Air Act regulations on oil and gas drilling operations.
    Kovacs said, the Treasury Department’s Justice Fund is set up in such a way that information on who and how much money is paid in the settlement process is not disclosed.
    http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/07/15/15greenwire-house-republicans-accuse-epa-enviros-of-collus-69925.html
    House Republicans Accuse EPA, Enviros of Collusion
    By JOHN MCARDLE of Greenwire

    Published: July 15, 2011
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    What Do SECRET “SUE-AND-SETTLE” deals have to do with the Dodd Frank Act?
    Dodd-Frank Act Regulatory Reform Rules – Federal Reserve Bank of …
    www.stlouisfed.org › Banking‎
    Dodd-Frank Act Regulatory Reform Rules. A roadmap for tracking the rulemaking process from start to finish?
    President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. yet another landmark piece of legislation putting the middle class ABOVE THE SPECIAL INTERESTS? THAT FOR SO LONG HAD A STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT?
    GO FIGURE?
    Quayle says that more sue and settle regulations could come out of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law, which has already missed a series of regulatory deadlines.