Laws And Regulations That Will Destroy Our Private Property In The National Blueway Designations

Before It’s News – by Josey Wales

The following article from Secure Arkansas lists many of the laws and regulations used to implement the White River Watershed National Blueway. This article also lists  the reason for the dam removals. The dams must be removed so as to not restrict the flow of fish in the streams. This statement on the dam removals is what the environmentalists believe.  

Jack Abrahamson


The Department of Interior has stated in their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that no new laws or regulations come into place when a watershed is designated a National Blueway.  We see this as misleading and untrue.  Just the act of designating a watershed to a National Blueway causes many of the environmental laws and regulations to kick in.

Here are some of the laws and regulations that come into place to destroy our private property with the National Blueway Designations:

Department of Interior authorities for this MOU are:

Take Pride in America Act Public Law 101-628

Outdoor Recreation Act, Public Law 87-714

Cooperative Watershed Management Program of the Omnibus Public Land Management act of 2009, Public Law 111-11

Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq.;

The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.s.C. 661 et seq.;

National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. 1271-1287

The National Trails System Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. 1241 et seq.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.


The Department of Agriculture authorities for this MOU are:

The Soil and Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-46 as amended through Public Law 110-246

The Food Security Act pf 1985, as amended (Public Law 99-198 as amended through Public Law 110-246

The Cooperative forestry Assistance Act of 1978  (Public Law95-313 as amended through Public Law 110-246 which includes Rural Forestry Assistance (16 U.S.C. 2103c

Community Forest and Open Space conservation Program (16U.S.C. 2103d)

Urban and Community Forestry Assistance (16 U.S.C. 2105)

Wyden Amendment (Public Law 105-277 as amended

The Department of Army authorities for this MOU are:

Flood Control Act of 1944, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460d

Federal Water Project Recreation Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-12, et seq. and Section 313 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2320.


More good info for you:
Another bill we need to beware of is H.R. 5101, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010.

This bill is a tax-payer funded transboundary project for wildland habitat that will increase roadless areas.

H.R. 5101  states that “The Secretary, in cooperation with the States and Indian tribes, shall develop a Habitat and Corridors Information System, that shall include maps and descriptions of projected shifts in habitats and corridors of fish and wildlife species in response to climate change; and to assess the impacts of existing development on habitats and corridors.”

This will identify and prioritize non-federal lands, such as state lands and private property, allowing government to have more control.

You may track the bill at  It was introduced in the 111th Congress.



Following is a quote from a Nature Conservancy article (written by environmentalists;  we don’t support this organization)

Historic Dam Removal to Benefit Nature and People 

“Our work isn’t done, but today’s removal of the first portion of the Great Works Dam is an important step toward restoring the health of the Penobscot River, widely regarded as our best hope for bringing back endangered Atlantic salmon along the East Coast of the United States. Once complete, 1,000 miles of habitat along the Penobscot and its tributaries will be accessible for sea-run fish. These fish will feed animals such as turtles, river otters and bald eagles, as well as groundfish that support commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Maine.”


MORE dangerous but telling information!
The following is a snippet from this article from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

“The best way to accomplish full restoration is to remove barriers to natural functioning, such as dams, ditches and other man-made structures, and allow natural hydrology and drainage patterns to re-establish themselves. The benefits of ecological engineering should be shared widely with all agencies and organizations engaged in habitat restoration activities.There are many different ways to protect restoration sites, including land acquisition, conservation easements, and other land use controls, as well as maintaining the necessary water quality requirements of restored sites.

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