At one time I lived in Florida and owned some land near Pensacola (Navarre). The property alongside of me was euphemistically called “Green Break” by the real estate people. It was damn near swamp.
One definition of “wetlands” then was that water seeped into your footprint as you walked about. They tried to redefine my neighbor’s property by claiming it was wetlands if there was water in your footprint AFTER it rained. Dunno if they succeeded as I left the area soon after for other reasons.
I have done wetland delineation for years. A few years ago they amended the original regulation to state that even if the property in question did not meet the requirements as specifically stated in the reg. it could still be considered a wetland if the Corps decided it was in the public interest for it to be considered such.
As I told the Corps engineer, any property can be a wetland if you try hard enough.
EPA to property owner: ‘Your land is our land’
Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines [ $75,000 per day ] and is not kidding.
a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett.
PLF and the Sacketts: an important win at the Supreme Court.