S.787 - Clean Water Restoration Act

A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States. as introduced.
  • Short: Clean Water Restoration Act as introduced.
  • Short: Clean Water Restoration Act as reported to senate.

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  • caferrell 05/09/2009 5:47am

    This is a terrible bill that would give the Federal govt. jurisdiction over anything that is wet including seasonal mud flats. This means that the Feds could enter into your property and dictate what you can do with your land.

    It also means that the Great Lake States and Provinces could not protect the Great Lakes from being pumped dry to feed the growth of California and the Southwest. In particularly that area, Feingold has sold out his own state: Wisconsin.

  • jp215 05/10/2009 1:46am

    trying to squeeze out farmers and ranchers?
    This stinks of big business funding

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    kevinmcc 06/26/2009 9:13am
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    How about large corporations pumping toxins into waterways?

    This bill to me is about controlling pollution from large industrial companies more than small farms and ranches.

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    jjenks88 02/15/2010 9:33am

    Maybe that is what it is intended for but what I don’t think that you understand on the farmer/rancher’s part is that the change in this bills wording,(changing the word navigable to US Waters), would allow the EPA to have control of basically all waters in the US, including farm ponds or cattle watering ponds. And what worries us about that is the fact that the EPA is basically unregulated, I am meaning that there is no one that really controls them. This means that the EPA could require every pond, slough, stream, creek, basically every body of water to have buffer strips, setbacks of so many feet, etc. They could do almost anything that they want, and quite frankly I do not think that many at the EPA have any idea what some of these things could mean for farms and ranches.

    Agronomist/Farm Supplier

  • ColoradoPatriot 05/10/2009 4:33am

    This is very dangerous legislation. I am appalled this was even introduced.

  • STRIKER1776 05/15/2009 8:28am

    This is Federal Land Grabbing…Trust the Goverment,Ask the Native Americans.

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    kevinmcc 06/26/2009 9:19am

    About regulation, not ownership.

    You own the water way, but you do not have the right to do as you please to the water. Eventually that water will end up in other waterways. This bill is about pollution and polluters and regulating what they can do to waterways, not a land grab.

  • toray99 06/17/2009 10:42am

    Bills such as these are why we need term limits on senate and representatives. Also random drug testing every quarter. I really think that senators and representatives should not be full time work. Part time have another career in the private sector. Too much time on their hands, too much tyranny.

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    Mcbee 10/30/2009 12:16pm
    You should not be so naive about the true intention of this bill. The goal of the bill is to expand government jurisdiction to all land that water might flow across (even temporarily) or remain damp longer than a few minutes. The 1976 CWA currently protects all waters and headwater streams; these sensitive areas are already protected from pollution even though the land is privately owned. This new bill Claims the water by changing the definition of all surface water to read “Waters OF the United States”; the key word is “OF” (a possessive). The bill shifts the water, and land over which it flows, from private property to being a free-for-all public quagmire, over peoples yards and under many state laws considered “public highways”. The bill is a WOLF that being pushed by the uninformed Lemmings that think they are saving the world.
  • tmac9938 06/22/2009 10:24pm
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    THIS BILL IS PROOF OF A BLATANT TAKEOVER! how can this be introduced!!??!?!?!? everything “wet” (even on your own private property) is handed over to the fed as control? are you kidding? what about the right to property? this is COMMUNIST & TOTALITARIAN.

    PLEASE spread this bill to everyone you know and advise them the impacts. vote NO!

    this is not a joke!

  • Mirage 06/23/2009 6:02pm

    Having worked in industry for many years I have noticed the expansion of federal jurisdiction from “navigable waters” to all waters of the United States. The bill further sanctions the expansion of powers. The Army Corps of Engineers has become a major obstacle for any use of lands that are even near a stream or a mudflat. This bill would make the situation worse by increasing delays for new projects whether they be industrial, commercial, agricultural or residential. The Corps is understaffed for even the current workload. The bill is shaping up to be another unfunded mandate and an unnecessary expansion of federal powers.

  • Dcorey33 06/25/2009 4:52am

    To all who have commented,

    I must agree with you. Recently I have woken up to things that are truly scary for Americans. This Bill being one of them. Its shows you that America is not America anymore. Its becoming a Corporation more and more every day. Soon because of Bills like this we will not have control over anything we own or have worked hard for. I completely oppose this Bill and hope that it is rejected.

  • kevinmcc 06/26/2009 8:48am

    You need to be responsible for your runoff and pollution. This bill is very much needed. @Dcoery33 not voting for this bill is voting for Corporations. So many companies are getting away with polluting our waterways. They will say to vote no on this bill. They do not want to put in the measures needed to control their pollution. We need to protect fresh water, our wet lands and habitats from pollution at all cost.

  • Siberian 06/26/2009 8:53am

    One has to be in a state of wonderment as to how our elected officials continue to churn out one abomination like this after another. On top of that they pass these things without even reading them. This leads me to say, “kick them all out”. 2010 can’t come soon enough….

  • Blessed88008 06/26/2009 3:39pm
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    This is one of the biggest bureaucratic land grabs EVER! This infringes on personal property rights… Federalizing ALL water in the United States! With the bill giving the FDA regulatory power over small farmers and now this… very scary stuff.
    By the way… does this include the water in my pool? If so, will the federal government sent a bureaucrat to clean my pool? I hope they don’t wear thongs! (I watch C-span- I’ve seen those guys)

  • jpkpjcdsd 07/02/2009 12:05pm
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    What an insane bill!!! Mr. Feingold and co sponsors needs to retire – time for term limits – long over due! Also subject congressman and senators to same tax and health care costs as rest of America. Things would be very different!!!

  • dmbleess 07/02/2009 3:09pm

    There are already laws regarding pollution. This is a law designed to further regulate small farmers and personal property out of existence. It is designed to ENHANCE the consolodation and incorporation of large farming operations at the expense of the small traditional family farms. Despite the sunshine being blown up everyone’s pants, the ABUSE of the law has to be considered because THAT is how it will be enforced when politics become involved. Low income, effectively defenseless, farms and other small struggling businesses will be run out of business by these regulations because they will not have the income and resources to accomodate and incorporate them inth their operations. Large corporations have been hiding behind these same sorts of regulations for years to create an unfair environment that prevents new competition from being created or growing to become a threat.

  • SteveMT 07/03/2009 8:02am
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    This Bill is not constitutional.
    That is why Dr. Ron Paul is NOT a co-sponsor.
    This Bill is a piece of trash, just like the cap-and-trade/tax bill is a piece of trash.
    Whoever votes for this Bill is a Marxist.
    Measure every Bill against the Constitution and the way to vote will be VERY easy…..NO
    Start supporting and following the Constitution.
    Throw this Bill out the window.

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    drewfus 12/22/2009 3:24am
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    I would be really impressed if Ron Paul sponsored a Senate bill. Also, I would appreciate you defining what a Marxist is. I don’t recall there being anything about clean water in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 or his German Ideology of 1845. Certainly, the environment didn’t make it into Das Kapital. As for why you think this bill is unconstitutional, I would love to hear more.

  • yankeemark 07/05/2009 12:30pm

    This Bill is laughable. This is either another attempt to stifle our property rights or an attempt to put more unenforceable legislation on the books. Either way, the Bill sponsors should be ashamed of themselves.

    If they want my rainwater, come and get it! They won’t have my vote……or my water in the end!

  • JFS_PA 07/15/2009 4:11am

    Before you panic, or pass on the received wisdom from some politician or PAC, read the darn bill, and look over the history. Have you read sections 3-13, 3-14, and all of section 6? If so, you’ll see that existing agricultural use is exempted from this bill (and regulated, as always, by a different set of regulations). And the states retain control over the land and the waterways—they can meet federal standards as they (and their citizens) see fit.

    This bill resets the status quo to the way it was from 1972 through 2000 (or really, through 2005, when the Rapanos / SWANCC decision upset 30 years of interpretation and introduced an entirely novel redefinition of the law as applying only to navigable waterways).

    If you feel we were a Communist nation until 2000, your inflated rhetoric about this “land grab” is consistent. If, like most US citizens, you feel that the USA was the USA during this period, you might want to moderate your reactions.

  • JFS_PA 07/15/2009 4:11am

    BTW, This bill is not an anti-rain-barrel bill. It’s not about the low spot on your back 40 (which is already exempted under the “pre-existing agriculture” clause). The wording about seeps and intermittent streams exists because there are states where the land is so dry that basically all ponds and streams dry up for at least a few weeks of the year—or even a few months—yet those streams and ponds are the key water source for people and animals.

    If you want to improve this bill, ask your legislator to include further clarifications, so that legitimate protections for wetlands and for “resource” intermittent streams and ponds is even more clearly NOT directed at every low spot that briefly holds water in a moist area of the country.

  • kfeeney 07/29/2009 6:53am

    I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of a watershed but every little river and stream that some of you folks think it is so dangerous to protect eventually flows into a larger body of water, soaks into an underground aquifer, reservoirs, etc where we get our drinking water… or it runs into the Ocean where we fish and swim. This bill will benefit public health and the health of the environment. We only have so much water on this earth and we cannot create more. In NJ, for example 3 out of every 4 bodies of water are too polluted to fish or swim in. Thank God Obama is fixing all of Bush’s dangerous and scary environmental policy by reinstoring the initial intention of the Clean Water Act.

  • annanym 09/13/2009 12:23pm

    This is absolutely critical legislation. Businesses continue to exploit the language of the Clean Water Act by dumping their waste into those areas undefined by the original bill. All of this ends up in our drinking water.

    If you think this is irrelevant to you, the New York Times released a feature on toxic water in the US. Please read it, and use the interactive feature that will show you exactly what businesses are responsible for contaminating the water in your community.


  • kbthiede 09/17/2009 2:31pm

    I don’t think many of you understand the intent of the bill.

    Many of the corporations you are blaming for this bill are getting away with environmentally destructive practices because the government only has jurisdiction over “navigable waters” and so they can dump their mining waste and other harmful materials as “fill” into areas where it can flow into a larger water source.

    The government neither cares about controlling homeowners property or that of small rancher nor does it have the resources to do so.

    This bill was introduced as a method to curb mountaintop removal, which is a very destructive form of mining which ruins the natural beauty of the appalaichians and I support this bill.

  • kbthiede 09/17/2009 2:41pm

    You call it a corporate interest bill or a marxist landgrab but that is just retarded. It doesnt GIVE all water to the federal govt, just the right to make laws regarding that water.

  • AlmostFreeAmerican 10/20/2009 7:14am

    The bill is alone is prima facie evidense of how corrupt our ‘representatives’ are for it is unconstitutional at its very foundation. Similar to the concept of eminent domain, it is nothing more than the government attempting, once again, to take control of private property.

    The government does NOT have the constitutional right to make laws regarding water, kbthiede! The very act of introducing this bill is an act of treason (read Constitutional law Title 18, US Code Sec.2381)
    “In the presents of two or more witnesses of the same overt act, or in an open court of law, if you fail to timely move to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and honor your oath of office, you are subject to the charge of capitol felony treason.”

    The sponsor of this bill has done just that!

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    Reason 12/28/2009 9:05am

    Yes, the congress has the power to regulate water, as it can have a cumulative effect on the interstate commerce. Throwing loaded words like “treason” around because you disagree is simply dangerous hyperbole designed to incite. Buy a constitution and a dictionary before you accuse our duly elected representatives of fabricated crimes.

  • Mcbee 10/30/2009 12:36pm
    This bill should be hailed as the Environmental-Lawyer Employment Act. Under the CWA anyone can file suit against anyone with claims of polluting public waters. Under the new bill all land that is moist for a few hours a year will be considered a public waterway. Any litigious zealot can bring a neighbor to court because he/she uses weed killer in HIS drainage ditch. You would not even need to claim injury, just claim the person is polluting the “public water” that flows through his drainage ditch. Does anyone else see the shortsightedness of this bill?? The ripple effect this bill will have throughout the federal and state years of legal statutes will take years to unravel. It will be the biggest waste of money and time the judiciary has ever seen. Most water law is under state jurisdiction and those laws (which in SC alone are thousands of pages) will be a SNAFU lasting decades and costing Trillions to resolve. What a ridiculous law!!!!!!!!!

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