If you own property with water on it—puddles, a stream, a stock pond—you might get a visit from the federal government.
In “The Water Issue,” the latest edition of Pacific Legal Foundation’s quarterly magazine Sword&Scales, PLF attorneys write about the frightening history of Clean Water Act overreach. Now you can join the authors for a moderated discussion of the issue, including:
- The story of the day Environmental Protection Agency officials arrived at Mike and Chantell Sackett’s property to stop construction of their family home—beginning a Kafkaesque legal saga that led to Supreme Court oral arguments in October;
- How a father and son ended up in jail after trying to build a fishing cabin in Florida;
- The influence of the “apocalyptic environmentalist” movement, which sees humanity as a threat to the Earth;
- How 1970s activists helped grow the administrative state, including writing the Clean Water Act;
- The government’s argument at Sackett oral arguments—and how Justices might rule.
“What’s happening to the Sacketts happens to countless families and businesses across the country every day, every year,” PLF President and CEO Steven D. Anderson writes in Sword&Scales. “It’s the result of an administrative agency run amok—utilizing vague definitions in congressional statutes to accumulate and aggrandize their power.”