Navigable: sufficiently deep and wide to provide passage for vessels; navigable waters

Navigate: control the course of a ship of an aircraft

All from the Latin navigare meaning to sail

Congress enacted The Clean Water Act to ensure we have clean, useable water as a nation and keep rivers flowing. It pertains to navigable waters that you can float a boat on, and the tributaries that supply them.

If one simple word, navigable, is removed from the Clean Water Act, then all waters come under the EPA’s jurisdiction.  That means potentially swimming pools, ditches, storm drains, and mud puddles that last longer than 4 hours all would fall under the EPAs purview and would require a permit.

It rained last night – a nice, long, “frog chokin” rain. If the EPA continues to ignore 533 legislators and the American people, using a “guidance” document rather than actual law, any puddles and stock water tanks would be illegal to use without a permit. In this neck of the words, a permit will take longer to obtain than the surface water will last. Arizonans would become responsible for managing flash floods and seasonal rainfall.

Does the EPA really expect us to become fortunetellers about when, where, and if it will rain enough to make puddles or fill stock tanks with runoff?  Do we want to put farmers and ranchers out of business because they can’t water their fields or cattle? Do you want the government in your back yard monitoring your swimming pool? Contact your legislators and urge them to “Stop the Flood of Regulation”!