Seriously, is there anything the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't want to regulate?
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and other members of Congress are asking the federal gency to withdraw a proposed rule that would allow the EPA to regulate non-navigable bodies of water under the Clean?Water Act. The proposal means the EPA would have the authority to regulate temporary streams and other bodies of water, such as wetlands.
Obviously, such regulation would be impossible, to say the least, considering a stream could exist for a short period of time on a patch of pasture land based on precipitation. A stream could be here today, gone tomorrow. What's there to regulate?
The proposed rule could simply be another way for the EPA to get its hooks into the daily workings of family farms and ranches, whose owners already know how to manage their own land. In many cases, farms and ranches have been handed down through generations of the same family. Those folks living and working on the land don't need the heavy-handed EPA telling them how to best regulate a temporary body of water on their property or how to take care of a wetland. They're already doing just that, and doing it better than some bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.