BANNING WELLS & PROHIBTING GROUND WATER
IN WESTERN WASHINGTON
Letter written to CAPR: By Scott Fowler
a groundwater professional in Western Washington, I find it
appalling that any group would deny a person the right to water on his
or her own property.
Ninety-seven percent of
the world’s liquid freshwater is underground. There are close to
4 million people in this state who get their drinking water from wells.
Some 904,000 of them get their water from the exempt well. The
special-interest groups and the state are making claims that all these
wells are having a negative impact on streamflow, thus hurting aquatic
I say show me
the proof. Nowhere in the
state of Washington can the Department of
Ecology show where an exempt well or group of these wells on septic
systems are having a negative impact. They have models that show
may be impacts, which are always negative. The National Ground Water
Association and the Colorado School of Mines have a study that show
exempt wells have a positive impact on streamflow. So who do you
Here are some facts
250 gallons a day, of which 70 percent to 90 percent is returned to the
basin through the septic system. Generally, exempt wells take water
from a deep, confined aquifer and return it to the basin through the
shallower unconfined aquifers. An average hemlock tree uses 240 gallon
The whole issue is about power and control, not the
resource. The Supreme Court of the state of Texas just confirmed that a
person has the right to the water under his or her property for
domestic use. However, in the water-rich state of Washington, to tell
some that they do not have the right to enough water to live on, based
on assumptions, just makes an ---, well you know the rest.
WE MUST DEFUND THE DOE
Department of Ecology is not an elected entity but an APPOINTED agency
that has used their "abuse" of power to overreach their authority to
dissolve rural american living, for the sake of planet earth.
(REALLY????) The department feels that rural dwellers are
causing a great imbalance in our eco- system by rural country living.
(REALLY????) The DOE has been working feverishly to PASS LAWS restricting water
rights, land rights and the constitional rights of private property
owners in rural america in an attempt to uproot long standing
communities by making it impossible for them to exist and survive.
Everything from heavily regulated/restricted land use of private
property, banning of wood stoves used to heat rural homes and metering
water drawn from private wells on private property All waterways
whether it be seashore, creek, tributary, drain ditch or water
collection from the run off of our roofs are being denied usage of by
What gives this agency the right to create these unconsttutional petty
laws that have NO scientific evidence that there ever existed a
problem? The DOE creates problem senerios of "what ifs". This
gives our government an excuse to come in and claim reason to control
these areas they so desperately want to own. The DOE's claim
that small rural wells that have always been in existence are
endangering the Salmon and causing their depletion.
Lets stop here for a moment and examine this theory.
Salmon aren't as prevelent in our rivers? What's being
netted by foreign countries offshore on our coasts before they
reach the river mouths? TONS! American fishing boats have
had so many restrictions and regulations put upon them it has become no
longer cost efficient for those U.S. citizens to make a living. High
costs of insurance to operate, licenses, fees, labor and fuel
costs have KILLED them while foreign boats KILL off 3/4 of the Salmon
population to be taken and sold abroad for the benefit of their
countries. Why are the U.S. fisheries suffering? With 3/4 of the
salmon never having a chance to return to their spawning areas NOT the
few and far between rural land dwellers that happen to have a well they
draw gods gift to us from.
The residents of the Olympic Peninsula get 12-15 feet of annual
rainfall. 9 months out of the year these lands are saturated.
Their are NO water shortages here and yet DOE claims this to be a
problem (at the expense of land owners) as one of the main
drawbacks for salmon recovery. BAH!
Squeezing the last dime out
of the American taxpayer and squeezing the right to own and live
on their own rural property. All with taxpapers money and the DOE is
using it against us, to destroy the rural living and agricultural areas
that provide commodity for our for the local, state and national
To put it in black and white, the environmental lobby extremists
appointed by our UN Agenda 21 oriented administration, is PULLING THE RUG OUT from
under rural communities and their resources, by restricting their use
for the purpose intended and causing the economy in this country to
bottom out. What are to replace these millions of jobs? NOTHING.
The have many dream plans as their excuse. "We can create this
and create that" etc.etc. Where's the BEEF? Where is the money?
Where are these replacement jobs to take the place of a starving nation
whos jobs have been killed? Wouldn't
a more responsible decision
have been for every job lost, that job is replaced? That friends,
not the point of the DOE. It's job is to inhibit land use for
government control and ownership. Where
is the restitution for lost lifetime investments of property owners
that are forced off their properties or unable to comply with the
costly DOE rule?
By dissolving the DOE by demanding our government do so
Below is a link to what the Skagit
County Landowners are facing as well due to DOE's abuse of power.
attention! This is happening all across the country in rural areas.
Aside from tribal issues of reclaiming land and waters this is also a
cry from big cities and urban areas that we are damaging to the
eco-system, which has been indoctrinated into them by our federal
controlled public education system.
CITIES and URBAN areas are not held accountable for eco-inbalance
though the cities use up to 95% of the natural resources our rural
agricultural areas provide. Their over usage and inbalance has occurred
where they live and draw from. Remember Public Water Systems put in
place also draw from the environment.