Karen Budd Fallon Testimony in DC Blueway Hearing

Posted: July 19, 2013 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, Agriculture, Economic Freedom, Legislative Issues, Meetings, Water Issues
Attorney TESTIMONY from D.C. Blueway Hearing & Info Re. Upcoming MO Hearing
As we told you in a previous email, there was a congressional committee hearing in Washington D.C. at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Water and Power entitled:  “A Washington DC-Based Bureaucratic Invention with Potential Water Conservation and Property Rights Impacts:  The National Blueways Order”.

At that hearing, attorney Karen Budd-Falen gave her testimony, which is of inestimable value that will provide guidance and defense for us for years to come.  PLEASE read this Wyoming attorney’s testimony as thoroughly and as soon as possible.  View it here. 

Also available for viewing is a letter written July 2, 2013 from Attorney Budd-Falen to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior with comments regarding the National Blueways program.   Read that letter here.

If you can, please attend the follow-up meeting to the D.C. hearing.  That hearing will be held in West Plains, Missouri, on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Theater of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.
Information will be shared regarding how the National Blueways System designation was initially imposed on the White River watershed in Missouri and Arkansas and how future designations can be prevented.  The hearing will be titled: “Stopping Federal Land and Water Grabs: Protecting Property Rights from Washington, DC Edicts”.  It will be open to the public on a first come, first serve seating basis, and is being sponsored by the Missouri congressional delegation.  Click here  for more information about the Missouri hearing.   We appreciate the Missouri diligence in pursuing this matter to the end that was exposed by Secure Arkansas, PCRNews, and Missourians Against Agenda 21, three organizations who prompted the passage of many anti-Blueway resolutions by affected counties in Arkansas and Missouri.  We also appreciate the initial diligence of Senators Boozman, Blunt, other Arkansas & Missouri congressmen in obtaining a hold on the matter until pertinent questions were answered, which prompted a “withdrawal” from the Department of Interior.  However, we need to keep contacting our U.S. Senators and Representatives until official and complete answers are given to all those questions.  You can read that letter from Senator Boozman, etc, and obtain contact information on the Secure Arkansas and Secure The Republic websites at:  SecureArkansas.com andSecureTheRepublic.com.

There have been many people in both states who have labored tirelessly to halt this travesty.  Thank them and help them when you have an opportunity to do so.  Most of all, be encouraged to do your part to KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH and act accordingly.  (If your county was one of the few who were persuaded to pass an alternative resolution – one which could possibly be a dangerous endorsement of watershed (regional) governance – find out what you can do to reverse it for your county, which of course would also affect you and your property.)

Thanks, as always, for your support!

  1. Matt says:

    Have you read Secretarial Order 3321, which concerns the designation of what a National Blueway System is? Here is the link: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/SecrOrder3321.pdf

    If you read the first paragraph you will find that this program is specifically to *recognize* river systems that are already being conserved through a diverse collaboration of stakeholders. In many cases it is non-profit groups like Ducks Unlimited and river societies. It is not a land or water grab by the government.

    Further into the document (Section 7) it states, “Nothing in this Order is intended to authorize or affect the use of private property. Nothing in this Order is intended to be the basis for the exercise of any new regulatory authority, nor shall this initiative or any designation pursuant to this Order affect or interfere with any Federal, state, local, and tribal government jurisdiction or applicable law including interstate compacts relating to water or the laws any state or tribe relating to the control, appropriation, use or distribution of water or water rights.”

    Therefore, the government is not coming to take your land or your water rights. Please stop scarring the public with your paranoia. This program is meant to recognize programs that are already working and connect them with other organizations within the same watershed so that they can coordinate efforts to improve the lands that they own or are public.

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