More on Mo DNR New Blueway for the Entire State

Posted: June 18, 2014 in Legislative Issues, Water Issues
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From Bill Gracy of Barry County PRC:
Here is the latest info on the DNR (DRAFT) Nonpoint Source Management Plan.  I have researched the Plan and see many comparisons to the Blueway.  THIS TIME IT COVERS THE ENTIRE STATE!

This info should be sent to your State and Federal Representatives.  Encourage your State Reps to contact THEIR fellow Reps to get Missouri-widespread opposition to this.  This is above the county level right now, since it is A STATE WIDE ISSUE.  Our best bet is using our State Reps to put pressure on the DNR.

At the Federal Level urge them to support HR 3377 and S 890 to prevent this huge power grab by the EPA.

I’ve attached SAMPLE QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DNR based on language from the DNR Plan in comparison with the Blueway Memorandum.  We need to start engaging our fellow citizens to get the word out.

I’ve attached some TALKING POINTS  which can be used to educate your friends.  (see below)

I used them just this morning when I called in to KWTO 560 AM 417 862-9977.  They gave me about 4-5 minutes and I was able to get 7 of these talking points out over the air.

TRY TO MAKE COMPARISONS TO THE BLUEWAY!  The word BLUEWAY conjures up a lot of anxiety and will help us EXPOSE THIS PLAN FOR WHAT IT IS–ANOTHER, EVEN LARGER, PROPERTY RIGHTS GRAB!

Another good station is FM 94.7 417 447-5743

We have until July 8th to make our voices heard at the DNR.  Comments to the EPA re: their proposed rule change ends on July 21st.

DNR Plan & EPA Proposed Rule

      DNR NPS Draft Plan  July 8, 2014

      The Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Watershed Protection Section, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176

      Email to greg.anderson@dnr.mo.gov. Emails should provide contact information of the sender (i.e., name, mailing address, phone number) and include “Nonpoint Source Management Plan” in the subject line.

 

      EPA Proposed Rule Change  JULY 21, 2014

      Email: ow-docket@epa.gov. Include EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880 in the subject line of the message.

      Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

      Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

 

You can download the source documents as shown:

      1 DNR Draft Plan available at –dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/nps/mgmtplan/index.html

      2 Our Missouri Waters –       dnr.mo.gov/omwi.htm

      3 EPA Plan EJ2014: epa.gov/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/

Feel free to use any or all of this information as you like.  Pass it on, especially to your State Reps!  We’d like THEM TO START ASKING THE DNR THESE SAME QUESTIONS.  RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE THE MOST POWER OVER THE DNR!

 

TALKING POINTS: USE THESE IN CASUAL CONVERSATIONS at the grocery

store, or better yet, on your local radio stations.

• The EPA wants natural and manmade DITCHES defined as TRIBUTARIES.

• Permits may be required just to pick up trash or remove vegetation from a ditch.

• Permits may be required to build a fence or pond.

• Permits may be required to apply pesticides.

Congress says: The EPA is NOT COMPLYING WITH THE LAW.

Congress says: The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires EPA to assess the economic

impacts of their rules on small businesses, BEFORE THEY MAKE THE RULE.

Congress says: The proposed EPA the rule has NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS!

Congress says: The proposed EPA the rule IS LEGALLY UNSOUND!

Congress says: The proposed EPA the rule WILL HAVE A DISASTROUS IMPACT ON

PROPERTY OWNERS ACROSS THE NATION.

Congress says: The EPA Rule will “impose unnecessary burdens on farmers and small

businesses”

Congress says: Permitting can be a costly and time consuming for small businesses.

Congress says: Future development of our land may be affected and diminish our

property value.

The DNR just Drafted a “Nonpoint Source Management Plan” which is based upon

these EPA rules. It divides up the ENTIRE STATE INTO WATERSHEDS!

I THINK THE “BLUEWAY” IS BACK!

Last year they wanted to control the White River Watershed, this year they want to

control ALL WATERSHEDS.

EVERYONE LIVES IN A WATERSHED, and now the DNR wants to control my ditches?

This sounds more and more like the White River Blueway from last year only THIS

TIME IT COVERS THE ENTIRE STATE!

This is like the BLUEWAY ON STEROIDS!

How much of our property rights will be taken away if we can’t clean a ditch without a

permit? This is BASIC STUFF and the DNR wants to regulate it!

How much will a permit cost just to pick up trash out of a ditch? I guess the snakes

and chiggers will like it! Then what happens to our property values?

I had a mud puddle in my yard after the rains last week. WILL THE DNR CALL THAT A

DITCH, uh I mean Tributary? WILL I have to GET A PERMIT TO MOW THE LAWN?

Congress says: The EPA RULE “includes imprecise and broadly-defined terms such

as ‘riparian area’ and ‘floodplain’”.

Land bordering a body of water is called a “riparian area”, so I guess the new

“tributary” in front of the house makes my yard a “riparian area”? Do I have to let it grow

wild?

The DNR wants to “restore riparian habitat”, will they “restore” my front yard?

Congress says: The proposed EPA Rule SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN. AND I AGREE!

conduct small business advocacy review panels to get input from affected small businesses

before proposing a rule. Furthermore, the RFA requires all agencies

proposed definition includes a number of imprecise and broadly-defined terms such

as ‘adjacent,’ ‘riparian area’ and ‘floodplain’ that do not clearly delineate which waters are

covered.

to with concerns about the EPA, through Missour DNR, taking away our property rights!

Questions comparing the DNR Plan to the Blueway. Make the comparison of

“Watershed” language within the DNR Nonpoint Source Plan with that of the former White

River “Watershed” National Blueway language.

and ask questions comparing the DNR Plan to the Blueway. “This looks like just another

Blueway covering the entire State of Missouri?”

The DNR Plan uses EPA Guidelines, so tie this DNR Plan to the EPA Rulemaking, which would

then be subject to EPA control.

They are TAKING AWAY OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!

 

 

 

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