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S. 787 Clean Water Restoration Act
To Be Marked Up Thursday, June 18 @ 9:30 a.m.

The bogus “Clean Water Restoration Act” is finally scheduled to be marked up this Thursday, June 18, 2009, in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S. 787, amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act, by replacing the term “navigable waters” with the term “waters of the United States.”

S. 787 obliterates any respect for private property rights by giving total control and unchecked regulation of all waters of the U.S. to the federal government.  By removing the one word “navigable,” from the Clean Water Act, S. 787 will subject every landowner, business, county, and city to obtain a permit to use their water, subjecting them to unconstitutional regulation and discretionary jurisdiction of the Army Corp of Engineers or the Environmental Protection Agency bureaucrats.

Normal farming activities will be subject to citizen-suit provisions of the Clean Water Act, which will lead to expensive litigation and regulation. 

S. 787 specifically states: “(25) activities that result in the discharge of pollutants into the waters of the United States are commercial or economic in nature, and, in the aggregate, have a substantial effect on interstate commerce.”  In other words, all waters, regardless of size or significance, and any activity affecting all waters, could be regulated.  Every landowner will be subject to the whim of any bureaucrat that wants to exert their new authority over any activity that may affect the waters of the United States. 

This is complete land use control and absolute management of every drop of water in the U.S.

Immediate Action Needed

  1. Call the Majority Office for the EPW Committee at 202-224-8832 to oppose S. 787. 
  2. To call other offices on the Senate EPW Committee, go to:   http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Members.Home
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