drip by drip

Clean Water Act takes over the world.

The Obama administration on Wednesday asserted its authority over the nation’s streams, wetlands and other smaller waterways,

Actually, the “Obobo Admin” not so much. That implies that this hasn’t been being pushed for decades. It’s the EPA. That doesn’t go away when Obobo does.

And by “smaller waterways,” they technically mean the water that falls off your suburban roof in a storm, or drips off in a heavy fog, the run-off coming out of every gopher hole, down every hill, and the puddle outside of your dog house.

Oh, don’t worry, they cry:

…the rule is about increasing clarity for businesses and helping make it easier to determine which waterways are subject to the pollution rules of the Clean Water Act…

“This rule is about clarification, and in fact, we’re adding exclusions for features like artificial lakes and ponds, water-filled depressions from constructions and grass swales,”

“Easier” “Clarity”

How many times have I heard that “clarity” crap as the local entities take over multiple aspects of private property? It now produces a groan of *eyeroll* from the scattered few who bother to show up and fight.

The only vaguely bitter ‘laugh’ in this is that the local entities who have spent kajillions of our tax dollars to take over local water are now trumped. Guess I can look ‘em in their greedy little eyes and ‘chortle’ at the place where their usurped powah used to be… The big weasel-sharks always eat the little weasel-sharks. ha.

“This rule will make it easier to identify protected waters and will make those protections consistent with the law as well as the latest peer-reviewed science. This rule is based on science,”

That statement is a heavy contender for the most childish, ignorant, silly statement, evar.

Their “science” is If a drop of water could conceivably collect with a few others and run anywhere near a stream which could, in your wildest dreams, possibly run into something somewhere somewhen that could eventually run into the sea, it’s Ours, beyotch. That’s their “science.” It’s the “science” of Powah.

Then they play the usual weakness card:

…the rule “is an important win for public health and for our economy,”…

The only people with reason to oppose the rule are polluters who want to threaten our clean water,”

And Raaaacists.
Polluters and Raaaacists.
Intentional Polluters and Raaaacists.
They oppose federal take-over of ALL the water in the US.
Not states.
Not counties.
Certainly not Private Property Advocates / Owners.
Evial, Intentional Polluters.
And Raaaacists.
And probably child molesters.

Responding to criticisms from farmers, ranchers, developers, manufacturers and others, she took time to list what is not covered by the waters of the United States rule.

It does not interfere with private property rights or address land use,” … “It does not regulate any ditches unless they function as tributaries. It does not apply to groundwater or shallow subsurface water, copper tile drains or change policy on irrigation or water transfer.”

[whatinhell is a “copper tile drain” ?]
Tell that to the Sacketts*.

There’s a little pushback.

Dozens of congressional Democrats are joining Republicans to back legislation blocking the Obama administration’s new rule to redefine its jurisdiction over the nation’s waterways.

…Three moderate Democrats in the Senate and 24 in the House have joined the GOP in opposition, but leave them far from the two-thirds majorities they would need for a veto-proof vote to overturn the rule.

…“The EPA has set themselves up to increase federal control over private lands, and I will not allow it,” Inhofe said

Good luck with that.

Not Yours.

Not Yours.

Not Yours.

Not Yours.


  1. Posted May 29, 2015 at 8:08 am |

    Maybe one day, we’ll drown them in the waterways they “control.”

  2. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 8:24 am |

    How far gone we are when only a 2/3 vote of both houses of Congress can overturn an unelected bureaucrat’s whim.

    Another beautiful day in Utopistan.

  3. Posted May 29, 2015 at 9:34 am |

    If you live in a metro area, these rules won’t have much economic impact.

    If you live in a rural area, you can pretty much determine whether or not any development will take place.

    There will be some, but after exhaustive and expensive mediation processes. If you’re big, it’s a cost of doing business. If’ you’re small, the cost is existential. But entrepreneurs are learning that we “didn’t build that” means we’re no longer free to follow our own path, without the approval of Big Brother.

    You won’t build that. Not unless you make the appropriate contributions to the appropriate causes/people/party.

  4. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 9:50 am |

    Claire, your not yours photo study was excellent, but it left out a picture of the United States Constitution.

  5. mech
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    ^ and a drinking glass. And a bottle of fashion water.

    And the sweat of your brow.

  6. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 11:54 am |

    ^ and a pic of an AR-15.

  7. guy
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm |

    “The only people with reason to oppose the rule are polluters who want to threaten our clean water”

    And Terrorists.

    Musn’t forget Teh Terrorists.

  8. mike f
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm |

    b01921…great idea, I hope to live long enough to see some of this idiocy die.

    Fawkes – too far, of course. We couldn’t expect 2/3s of both houses to agree on anything resembling “common” sense.

    Oregon Guy – you got that right! Just as Ayn Rand observed…pay to play government, it’s the new growth industry.

    “And the sweat of your brow” Perfect line, mech. Reminds me of ‘water, water everywhere but not a drop for you’

    IinD, the AR-15 appropriately enough may be a fitting close to this latest example of tyrannical overreach but it’s gonna take a lot more than this incessant drip, drip, drip erosion of our rights and liberties. A lot more.

    Great post, Claire, perfect title, perfect photo series

  9. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 6:28 pm |

    I think my septic tank is exempt.

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm |

    I think my septic tank is exempt.
    Depends on what watershed it’s in. Better shut up or your house might become a Superfund site.

    I guy I know has a good sized cooking/catering business, and one year, while providing all the food for the state fair crowds, an econazi-feminazi from the state health dept showed up in his kitchen. He was just about to dump the water off a big stainless steel kettle full of potatoes he’d just washed for French fries. She stopped him and told he he could not dump the water out the door, because
    “This is the Chesapeake Bay watershed and you’ll be polluting the bay.”
    “Whaa… then what should I do with it?”
    “You have to fill out a proper waste disposal form and take it with the waste water to an approved waste disposal facility.”
    …stupified pause….
    “It’s water with some garden soil in it.”
    “Fill out this form and you can take it to a disposal facility for proper disposal.”
    …storm clouds gathering…. he drags her to the door, opens door..
    “Look out there…what do you see?”
    “A state fair?”
    “Right, and there are a thousand chickens, goats, sheep, hogs, horses and cows out there, and none of them are wearing diapers or using a flush toilet. They are all using the Chesapeake Bay watershed and aren’t filling out any forms. Get out of my kitchen.”
    “…..Don’t you dare dump….”
    He waited a while and poured the water out the door.
    That was five years ago.
    That McCarthy Ecobitch & Co. will have a commissar in every kitchen, bath and barn if we don’t slam the door on their fingers before they get all the way in.

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm |

    Somebody told me that it is illegal to collect your own rainwater* in the City/County of Denver, if so, then Claire’s last pic applies.

    *Their’s y’know.

  12. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm |

    IinD@4 — dunno why that’s not still ours; sureashell they don’t want it.

    DM@9 – not in Kleptofornia it ain’t. NC’ll take a little longer. maybe.

    IinD@10 – that was only a local crime story: now it’s a Federal Case…

  13. NotYetInACamp
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 4:31 am |

    We have now achieved total Soviet Political Commissar Rule.


    Such a goal.

    Image the scene when played out in a future Dr. Zhivago type movie set in our time and place. Horror.

  14. NotYetInACamp
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 4:40 am |

    By the way, try building anything in the watershed in Connecticut. An absolute psycho time. Nothing goes into the watershed. Toilets? HA!. Pumpable toilet waste containers? HA!
    They take the concept of controlling every molecule that could possibly enter the water cycle. I think they would be happy if all of the dirty people were gone. I am unsure if they want most of the outdoor pooping wild animals gone, but those are in their considerations in the environmental impact studies required.

    Absolute control of yet another area is what they have deemed. They are Progressives. They “know” better. They “must” have control.

    Another fine fix we have gotten ourselves into. Down the path of good intentions we have been led to where they desire to slaughter.

  15. JoeBandMember ≠ (darn right I'm not equal to that)
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 10:56 am |

    The Republicans will vote however the Democrats want them to. How many more Hasterts are there?

    The country is F***ed unless we throw out all the liberals we can in 2016, regardless of party affiliation.