Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC has filed a petition for review with the Growth Management Hearings Board to challenge the City of Bainbridge Island’s new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) (Ordinance 2014-04) and the Department of Ecology’s approval of it on August 8. PRSM's website provides the petition at this link: http://prsm-bi.org/?page_id=76 The SMP prohibits docks for single family residences and prohibits bulkheads in some designations. The City declared all single family residences nonconforming, limited their expansion, and limited their height to 30 feet, disregarding SMA allowances. Bainbridge Island shoreline property owners are responsible citizens who care about the waters of the Puget Sound and the wonderful environment we live in.
From the Washington Post: District Court Strikes Down Endangered Species Protections for Exceeding the Scope of Federal Power By Jonathan H. Adler November 5 This afternoon a district court in Utah held that the federal prohibition against “taking” Utah prairie dogs — listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act — exceeds the scope of federal power under the Commerce and Necessary and Proper clauses. Here is how Judge Dee Benson summarized his conclusion in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Although the Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to do many things, it does not authorize Congress to regulate takes of a purely intrastate species that has no substantial effect on interstate commerce.
Join CAPR, the Mining Community, and others at 8:30 am sharp Friday, Nov. 7. Sign in to comment on: http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/2014/wsr_14-14-133.pdf AT the WDFW Commission Meeting to be held at: Natural Resources Building 1111 Washington St SE Olympia WA 98501 First Floor, Room 172 http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2014/11/agenda_nov0714.html CAPR has filed a petition to the WDFW. This Petition was denied.
The Washington State Department of Ecology has determined to pass a rule change onto the Citizens of this state with the creation of an In Stream Flow Rule for the Spokane River and Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie: Chapter 173-557 WAC Water Resources Management Program (WRMP) for the Spokane River and Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer and amendment to WAC 173-555-010. The DOE documentation has been provided on this website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/rules/557-docs.html CAPR has reviewed these documents and finds it is important to share our findings. Ecology is relying on the precautionary principal even though it has had over 40 years to conduct the studies that would be necessary to understand the ground and surface water resources of Eastern Washington.
To borrow from a great blog "Not Without A Fight", we share a presentation by Phil Aune on Forestry. A good insight into what Counties with National Forests face, and how to solve problems faced today. http://countieswithnationalforests.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/video-phil-aunes-presentation-to-the-not-without-a-fight-coalitions-september-conference/
Regardless of personal opinions regarding Marijuana Use, the Control of the Government in this issue has always been a situation that would be questionable at best. What must be decided is what is the advantage to society of Current and Proposed "Legalized Marijuana" law. Are we trading one cartel for another? How does the average citizen, property owner, and taxpayer benefit from these laws?
Jason Overstreet of Law and Liberty Radio interviews Retired Justice Richard Sanders, a constant champion of individual rights. Discussion of Property Rights in Washington State with a constitutional thinker. This thoughtful 27 minute interview is well worth the listening! https://soundcloud.com/law-and-liberty-radio/an-interview-with-wa-state-supreme-court-justice-retrichard-sanders
Critically Important Meeting Announcement: Save our Ag Lands! Protect Property Rights! There will be a meeting in Skagit County at 7 pm on Monday, October 27, 2014. The meeting will be hosted by the Skagit County Farm Bureau at their regular meeting location, 1833 Park Lane in Burlington, at 7 pm on Monday, October 27, 2014.
Wild Earth Guardians entered into an agreement with the Department of the Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service in May, 2011. The Center for Biological Diversity also entered into an agreement with the USFWS in June, 2011. Both of these Corporate Environmentalists promised to limit the filing of lawsuits to 2007 levels due to the fact that the constant filing of Endangered Species Act lawsuits has caused a serious backlog in the FWS, which in itself was causing additional lawsuit filings by these groups. This flooding of lawsuits is part of the "Sue and Settle" strategy that funds a significant portion of these Corporate Environmentalists income.
This article by Bonner Cohen, Phd, refutes item for item the EPA's misleading talking points on the "waters of the United States" regulatory overreach. http://www.cfact.org/2014/09/29/wotus-the-facts-about-epas-wet-fiction/?utm_source=CFACT+Updates&utm_campaign=aacdbe1154-EPA_s_wet_fiction9_29_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a28eaedb56-aacdbe1154-270280261