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Feds move to take control of all waters

April 28, 2010

The House Transportation Committee is again considering HR 5088, the "Clean Water Restoration Act," which has been renamed "America's Commitment to Clean Water Act."

The bill is an effort to take control of all waters of the United States and all activities that might affect those waters by removing the word "navigable" from the Clean Water Act and give the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers authority to regulate all waters, including ponds, seasonal washes and irrigation ditches, even if they are located on private property.

A companion bill, S 787, is under consideration in the Senate and is still titled the "Clean Water Restoration Act."

The two bills would negatively impact ranchers, farmers, business owners, landowners, miners, foresters, off-highway vehicle users and more.

The American Land Rights Association is asking you to contact your member of Congress and request a copy of "America's Commitment to Clean Water Act" and question them on their intended vote. Members of Congress can be reached at (202) 225-3121 -- just ask for your representative at that number.

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