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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 3, 2013

Letter to the Editor

About a year ago, I had an article in the letter columns in regard to the efforts of the EPA and the Army Corp of Engrs., re-writing regulations to circumvent the original Clean Water Act and the verbiage “NAVIGABLE WATERS” and take control of all surface waters in the U.S. They tried on two occasions to change the wording from NAVIGABLE to ALL SURFACE WATERS and on both tries, the Supreme Court upheld the original wording, NAVIGABLE. They were not able to accomplish their goal so now, they have placed the goals on our own Texas TCEQ to do the dirty work by naming dry creek beds as a navigable stream and TCEQ willingly obliged, since they are an advocate of the UN and the Agenda 21 and LCRA. It seems that any so-called ditch that has a width of 30 feet or more from bank to bank, now is a navigable stream.

I was involved in the efforts of the USFWS in their TAKING of a million plus acres as habitat for the two birds, with no form of payment, for about 17 years. They did not TAKE the acreage so they enlisted the Texas Parks and Wildlife to TAKE the acreage for them and TPWD issued the Central Texas Rare Species Plan. This plan did not fly and led to the re-organization of TPWD and all this was accomplished by public out-cry in rural meetings. This also included a 5000 person march on the Capitol at Austin.

Land-owners are a stubborn lot and most will set on the side lines and let a few doers take care of their needs, as the goals are the same, SAVE THEIR RIGHTS TO OWN AND USE PRIVATE PROPERTY. I am telling each of you that now is the time to organize, all to get involved and get out-dated laws changed. Form a mail or phone campaign to confront your State Senator, Robert Duncan and legislators and apprise them of what is taking place. Want it be wonderful when the EPA, Corp of Engineers along with TCEQ take control of you private property and place a fine on every effort on your part to use your property. Plus, LCRA needs your water to sell to the rice farmers on the coast as you land owners hogged all the water the last few years and they had no water to sell. Just be sideliner and enjoy all the benefits the FED’s have to offer.

Better get with it NOW.

Bill Hight

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