Land & Water Rights

Cattle Group Says New Water Rule Regulates Non-Navigable Waters

by Todd Neeley
Progressive Farmer

“The new Navigable Waters Protection Act still leaves farmers and ranchers exposed to regulation of private property, an amended lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday alleges.  The original lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Cattlemen’s Association also targets the 1986 regulation, alleging both versions illegally regulate non-navigable ponds, wetlands and tributaries,” according to Progressive Farmer.

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Trump Administration deep-sixes Obama WOTUS rule

by Bonner R. Cohen

“Putting an end to decades of uncertainty over how much regulatory power the federal government has over bodies of water – from ponds to oceans — the Trump administration has overturned and replaced an Obama-era rule that would have imposed federal zoning on millions of acres of private land throughout the country,” according to CFACT

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EPA’s WOTUS Replacement Rule Another Step in the Right Direction

Competitive Enterprise Institute

“The Trump administration’s repeal of the Waters of the U. S. Rule (WOTUS) last fall was great news for America’s landowners and for the rule of law. The final rule announced today that replaces the 1986 wetlands rule is another step in the right direction,” according the Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment.

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Conservation Easements: A Trap That Keeps on Trapping

by Bonner R. Cohen

“The last four decades have seen the slow but steady rise in the use of conservation easements as a means of preserving land deemed of environmental, historical, or cultural significance. These include goodies such as subsidies for wind turbines, solar arrays, and electric cars as well as generous tax breaks associated with conservation easements. Others supposedly serve some noble public purpose but, upon closer inspection, benefit only a sliver of the population to the detriment just about everyone else,” according to a story by Bonner R.. Cohen of CFACT.

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