I am compelled to discuss further the troubling ‘czar’ development as we now have on the horizon the next step in controlling the very land, water, and air we breathe (h/t The Dame Truth). Instead of the czars of land and water coming in the form of individuals, this time they come in the form of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is cleverly disguised as “The Clean Water Restoration Act”, and would give jurisdiction of all waters of the United States, and activities that effect those waters (ahem, what doesn’t?) to the Corps and the EPA.
The management of all land, fish, wildlife and timber resources in the United States, particularly in the west, is the responsibility of the Department of the Interior, itself containing the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Mines, Fish & Wildlife Service, Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Two other major federal cabinet agencies are involved in water and land management, including Commerce and Agriculture. Oh, and (psst..Corps/EPA…) by the way, water in the desert is a big thing and one better know about snow, ground water, recharge, and water quality.
Setting aside the record and performance of the Corps and EPA (with great difficulty I might add), this violates Congressional intent regarding the establishment of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce Departments; Presidential Article II appointment authority; and is an improper delegation of authority to the Department of Defense (wherein the Corps lies) by the Congress and by the President.
Note: Under this bill the Department of Defense and EPA with jurisdictional authority over all waters of the United States and activities that affect them. 😯
Please click this site for more information, and follow the links for members of the House and Senate committees involved. Note that very few of the committee members of the House are from the west. A part of me is incredulous that this could ever make it out of committee; but the majority of me is sure that this is mischief by both democrats and republicans.
What do you think?