EPA Fines Man $75,000 a Day for Building Pond on His Own Property

hese types of stories always remind me that the idea of private property nowadays is a complete myth. The government taxes “our” property and seeks to control everything we do on it.

Andrew Johnson lives in Wyoming on an 8-acre farm and built a stock pond on his property. It’s a free country, so he should be able to do as he pleases on his own property, right? He even went through the trouble of getting his project approved and permitted by the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office.

But not so fast. The EPA is claiming ownership and jurisdiction over his property and manmade pond. They’re saying that his pond is in violation of the Clean Water Act, which prohibits building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, the EPA claims his pond is sending “dirty water” to other surrounding waterways. They’re fining him a total of $75,000 a day until he “restores the land.” Johnson hasn’t paid them a dime, and he says he doesn’t intend to.

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