Skip to comments.EPA targets couple's private pond in Wyoming, threatens huge fines
Posted on 05/19/2014 7:51:11 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
When Andy and Katie Johnson built a pond on their property in 2011 to provide water for their cattle, they never dreamed it would result in threats of $75,000 a day in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Johnsons believed they had done everything necessary to get permission for the pond, where the tiny Six Mile Creek runs through their property south of Fort Bridger, Wyo. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office provided the permit and even stated in an April 4, 2013 letter to the Johnsons: "All of the legal requirements of the State Engineer's Office, that were your responsibility, have been satisfied for the Johnson Stock Reservoir."
The EPA saw it differently -- and sent the Johnsons a Jan. 30 notice informing them they had violated the Clean Water Act, which could carry thousands of dollars in fines.
"I believe that the EPA does need to regulate industry and the bigger projects," Andy Johnson conceded, "but my little pristine stock pond, I believe, is a waste of our taxpayer money for them to come after me. It's a waste of my time, it's a waste of my money and we're going to fight it."
In their notice, the EPA cited the couple for "the discharge of pollutants (i.e., dredged or fill material) into the waters of the United States," for building a dam and for not getting a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.
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How ‘bout we see when the BLM, or some other thug agency with a SWAT team shows up to seize water, kill fish, break down the damn/spillway etc etc etc...
Then again I’d probably be criticized for not being there to get a photo op with the land owner if I say much of anything bad about any politician showing up after the fact like at the Bundy Ranch...
Ohhhh, wait...I bet there could be militia forming at the center up there!!!
Come ON RedCoats!!! Yeee Hawwww!!! Lets Dance!!!!
Who in this jackbooted agency makes these unaccountable decisions?
Obviously, the dildos down at the EPA have run out of stuff to do.
The EPA are from Blueland, those areas on the coast and in large metropolitan areas. They are at war with Redland. They have always been at war with Redland. The people of Redland have not fought back because they thought that their politicians were looking out for them. The people of Redland were wrong, their politicians have been selling them out.
How many Ukranians did STALIN starve to death? That’s what is in play here. They will shut down every private ranch and farm in the nation until entire cities starve to death.
Like the graphic; “work” should be in quotes. (I realize it’s probably not your graphic)
Defund the EPA Nazis!
So my question would be who's bureaucratic friend or politican drove by, saw the farm, and is coveting that families land, using the federal government to obtain it for them?
If brown trout can live in that pond, they’re not polluting anything. How it could possibly be affecting any navigable waterway, I have no idea.
From the start the EPA was filled with wildeyed liberal college grads without a minutes real world experience. Most of the past they have been held in check, but under the WhiteyHut they are cut loose to do whatever damages they can. The term “watermelon” fits them to a tee.
Hang on to your asses my friends because the next rul coming out in 2016/2017 is that DIRT is going to be classified as solid waste! So if you dig a hole or your local water/sewer provider need to excavate to fix or install a pipe, that dirt will need to be tested before it can be put back in the hole!!!
They are now banning the use of goat herds to control invasive weeds along stream banks because of the goat poop and urine can get into the water!
It’s no longer navigable water, the new term is waters of the state.
That figures. Kind of like my last fishing trip. I had some fish to clean and all my life I've cleaned them at the place I caught them. I throw the guts in the water instead of the garbage can at home. Thus that part of the fish gets eaten by turtles and other fish. Game Warden walks up and blesses me out for cleaning the fish there instead of at home. I made the mistake of questioning the logic behind it. His best answer was people living downstream were tired of seeing fish heads. Now I've fished downstream and never recalled seeing such except in a specific spot where fish very recently had been cleaned. Our tax dollars and licensing fees at work.
As for the goat poop? Hum I'd like to see an EPA Stooge take it up with a horned Billy or horned lead Nanny LMAO.
All of them...
Well, not quite...
At the peak of the genocide, which was in March 1933, Ukrainians were dying at the rate of 25,000 per day, 1,000 per hour or 17 every minute. Estimates of the total deaths vary from 5 to 10 million but 7 million is the accepted figure. This was almost one-quarter of the population of Ukraine.
The Johnsons and their attorney say Six Mile Creek has long been diverted about 300 yards below their property into a man-made canal used for irrigation.
"There is no connection to the river," Andy Johnson maintains.
They live 100 miles from the Green River.
Ha...hope they have mineral rights....
The Green River formation weighs in at 3 TRILLION Barrels of oil.
They might like to invite an oil company to drill...sounds like they have plenty of water from their lake for the FRACKING.
They have no idea either, they sit around and probably figure out ways to screw the population over anyway with things they have no clue about...
Defund the EPA Nazis!
Better yet, win the House and Senate to get veto-proof legislation and totally eliminate the useless EPA!
If brown trout can live in that pond, theyre not polluting anything. How it could possibly be affecting any navigable waterway, I have no idea.
FNC showed an interview with him and his wife Monday. He said that bald eagles came to the pond, it had brown trout, and the camera showed other birds. He said the EPA was referring to a river about 100 miles away that they claimed he was ‘messing up’ (my words). ...The pond looked great.
Its no longer navigable water, the new term is waters of the state.
And in his case the State gave him the permit and approvals.
Since when did administrative agencies write law? Since Teddy Roosevlt /Dr. Wilson were inaugurated.
It's easier to do than that. Just cut the electrical power. Most cities would be chaotic death traps in a matter of days.
Anyone with half a brain would know that a properly constructed pond, with the right vegetation acts like a giant water filter. It would appear to me that they are actually helping to improve the water quality on that stream. If anything, the govt should be giving tax breaks to people that do this.
They are now banning the use of goat herds to control invasive weeds along stream banks because of the goat poop and urine can get into the water!””””
When the fires start, this administration can tout the new employees hired to fight fires!!!!!
Pretty succinct summary of where we stand. But you did forget the part where if you want a vision of the redland future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.
Its the Clean Water Act from 1972.
You can't say exactly when construction began but somebody tipped off the Corp of Engineers, who actually issues the permit, and they call the man in early Sept 2012 to tell him he needs a permit and ask him to submit his plans. He didn't submit so the Corp goes out and inspects the jobsite then write him a letter in Oct 2012 telling him again but again he doesn't submit.
The Corp turns it over to EPA for enforcement in Feb 2013 but he never responds EPA either so in Jan 2014 EPA writes him the threatening letter.