(69) The CWRA
, in spite of its failure, is merely another
The CWRA, on the other hand, would assert federal regulatory jurisdiction over "all" intrastate waters and activities affecting such waters, potentially reaching many private lands and activities never before regulated by the CWA and displacing state and local authority.
Yet the CWRA would do just that, as if the word "navigable" had never been in the original statute.
As written, the CWRA would extend federal regulatory jurisdiction to all "intrastate waters" and "all impoundments" of such waters, no matter the size.
The purpose of CWRA is clearly stated: "To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States." And what do they want to amend?
Passing CWRA will result in new agencies, new personnel, new litigation, and a host of other new creations, all requiring exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money.
The CWRA is intended as a tool for school improvement, not necessarily to measure individual student gains.
The CWRA grew out of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the higher education equivalent developed by the Council for Aid to Education and the RAND Corporation.
It's an outdated term from earlier legislation that allows CWRA opponents to convince everyone from hunters to farmers that the CWRA is a gross expansion of the CWA's original authority, ballooning jurisdiction from navigable waters to all waters of the U.S.
On the other side, a coalition of more than 300 organizations endorses the CWRA. These include not only the Sierra Club, EarthJustice, National Audubon Society and Natural Resources Defense Council, but also prominent members of the "rod and rifle" contingent--Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited the Izaak Walton League of America.
Both federal and provincial/territorial governments could work more proactively with overarching organizations and related national entities (e.g., CWRA
, Canadian Water Network, Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens) in undertaking, commissioning, collating, integrating and disseminating research within these organizational networks.
Cllr Colleen Flet-cher (Lab, Wyken), chairman of the policy team, said she hoped the council would also be able to provide the last pounds 2,000 of funding CWRA
needs to finish its own project.