Lake Freeman News
USFWS is looking to designate many areas in the US as “Critical Habitat” in unlawful power grab.
Looks like the US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to expand its authority over some U.S. and Indiana rivers including the Tippecanoe. Todd Rokita, now Attorney General of Indiana and 17 other Attorney’s General are saying it’s an unlawful power grab. “We need commonsense policies that conserve both wildlife species and constitutional government,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We can protect jobs, the economy and wildlife all at the same time.”
The proposed rules would enable the Fish and Wildlife Service to designate land parcels as indispensable habitat for endangered species — even if no such species inhabit the parcels.
“We all want to save endangered wildlife,” Attorney General Rokita said. “And we all want to preserve the critical habitat where they live. As it turns out, these new rules don’t protect wildlife — and they literally violate the Endangered Species Act.”
In a letter, Attorney General Rokita and other state attorneys general press federal officials to withdraw their ill-advised plans which will potentially put local businesses in peril.
“We are taking action because these proposed new rules represent a power grab,” Attorney General Rokita said. “These new rules infringe on Indiana’s constitutional authority over our own natural resources and fail to provide additional meaningful protection to endangered wildlife species.”
Attorney General Rokita has a long history of defending Hoosiers and the Indiana economy against federal overreach in matters involving habitat and wildlife.
“If these regulations were to go into effect, the businesses and economy of places like the Twin Lakes would be in greater danger,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Look what the current regulations have done to contribute to draconian actions that have ruined the local economy during some years.”
When he served in Congress, Attorney General Rokita fought federal policies that forced the draining of Lake Freeman and Lake Shafer in northwestern Indiana as part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife efforts to protect endangered mussels in Tippecanoe River. Such federal mandates wreaked havoc on the seasonal economies of Monticello and surrounding communities.
“We need commonsense policies that conserve both wildlife species and constitutional government,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We can protect jobs, the economy and wildlife all at the same time.”
It’s nice to see our local, state and federal politicians awake and angry. A copy of the letter is attached to read and download.
Also in breaking news, the Indy Star reported yet another freshwater mussel is being proposed for addition to the federal endangered species list. The Salamander Mussel which is basically starts off as a parasite! Can’t make this stuff up, amazing.
Much more to come.
Here is access to the letter—
Lake Levels on Lake Freeman, Monticello, Indiana
What’s all the talk about Lake Freeman Lake Levels?
Back in 2012 the US Fish and Wildlife Service mandated the Oakdale flow rate be a minimum of 500 cvs to somehow protect endangered clams and mussels. In dry times this can cause a drop in lake levels. For more information on the flow rate from NIPSCO visit https://www.nipsco.com/about-us/hydro-power/curren… We have all been hoping for a common sense solution to this situation. Recently the SFLECC petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to study the situation. They just released their report, which seems positive. for more information on that visit http://www.sflecc.com. In the meantime do your rain dance!
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