Andy Johnson is a Wyoming farmer who committed the apparently unpardonable sin of building a stock pond for his horses and cattle on his 8-acre property in Fort Bridger, Wyoming.
The EPA claims that the pond is a violation of the Clean Water Act, known to many as the biggest land grab in the history of the world. The EPA ordered Johnson to restore the area to its original condition or accumulate fines of $37,500 a day.
Johnson had already obtained all the necessary state permits, however, so instead of rolling over and destroying his stock pond, Johnson hired a lawyer.
Stock ponds are supposed to be excluded from the Clean Water Act, but the EPA came up with an excuse to target Johnson anyway. They claim that the creek running through Johnson’s property (from which he diverted some water to his stock pond) is a tributary of the Green River, which is a “navigable, interstate water of the United States,” according to the EPA. That’s all the pretext the feds need to put a small farmer in their sights.
Johnson has received support from Wyoming lawmakers and even from Gov. Matt Mead, but the EPA is so far refusing to back down and are now holding more than $16 million in debt over Johnson’s head.
The EPA along with the BLM, US Forest Service, FBI, and a host of other federal agencies and departments are waging an unrelenting war on the West. Ranchers and farmers are among their favorite targets.
LaVoy Finicum is dead. Cliven Bundy and Eric Parker are languishing behind bars. Andy Johnson and Bill Case are facing millions in EPA fines. The feds won’t stop. Who will be their next target? Will it be you or someone you love? Until we put a stop to the federal war on the West, no one is safe.
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