Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act along with Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.), David Vitter (La.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.). This act will bring common sense back to federal water policy by redefining "navigable waters," excluding ephemeral or intermittent streams from federal jurisdiction, and restraining the powers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers hold over American landowners.
"Environmental protection must be balanced with the constitutional right to private property," Sen. Paul said. "I have spoken with several Americans who have fallen victim to the EPA and Army Corps' aggressive breach of power. This act will restore common sense to the federal jurisdiction over navigable waters, place necessary limitations on out-of-control government agencies and protect our right to private property."