Wyoming man defiantly fights possible $75,000 a day EPA fine for building backyard pond

Johnson family pond

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Wyoming resident Andy Johnson dreamed of building a stock pond on his land to attract wildlife, a place where his horses could drink and his children could play.

The welder got the required permit, never imagining a stand-off with the Environmental Protection Agency, Fox News reported.

Johnson and his wife put their “blood, sweat and tears” into the pond, but they now face civil and criminal penalties, including a possible $75,000-a-day fine.

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“I have not paid them a dime, nor will I,” he told Fox News. “I will go bankrupt, if I have to, fighting it. My wife and I built [the pond] together. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. It was our dream.”

Fox News reported:

The government says he violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Further, the EPA claims that material from his pond is being discharged into other waterways. Johnson says he built a stock pond — a man-made pond meant to attract wildlife — which is exempt from Clean Water Act regulations.

The EPA requires the land be restored, but Johnson has no intentions of backing down.

“This goes a lot further than a pond,” he said. “It’s about a person’s rights. I have three little kids. I’m not going to roll over and let [the government] tell me what I can do on my land. I followed the rules.”

Johnson has won the support of several lawmakers, who sent a letter to the EPA saying they were “troubled” by the case, according to Fox News.

Republican U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, both of Wyoming, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., signed on to the letter, which said:

“Fairness and due process require the EPA base its compliance order on more than an assumption,” they wrote. “Instead of treating Mr. Johnson as guilty until he proves his innocence by demonstrating his entitlement to the Clean Water Act section 404 (f)(1)(C) stock pond exemption, EPA should make its case that a dam was built and that the Section 404 exemption does not apply.”

The agency told Fox News it is reviewing the senators’ letter.

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123 thoughts on “Wyoming man defiantly fights possible $75,000 a day EPA fine for building backyard pond

  1. Raymond Tower says:

    Disband the EPA and stop violating this families 4th Amendment rights.

  2. gjsmith_62 says:

    End the EPA and every other unaccountable bureaucracy! This is insane! The idea that a man’s property is HIS sends these socialists goons into a panic.

    What next, an EPA SWAT Team with high explosives?

  3. Les Kimbler says:

    I don’t have a problem with the EPA or it’s principles. They however need to pick their battles with some reality and truth. Do they have “Proof” that this guy built his pool on a creek? Was he told when he got his permit he needed that he would have to contact the Army COE? And where is the proof the materials are “seeping” into other waterways?

    If there is no proof of this, only claims, then there is no case. I would be demanding proof before doing anything.

  4. Paul Richard says:

    All of our problems can be traced to allowing women to vote. The emotional being is a pawn of those who decry the environment, safety and the children as justification for their corruption.

  5. blitzs says:

    I thought the government supported the middle class?

  6. carolskey says:

    Very soon EVERY beaver will be fined likewise…good luck harassing them! Those pesky little critters hide…they know who the enemy is!

    God Bless America but NOT the EPA!

  7. Will_Mat says:

    It is about time that the EPA had it’s teeth pulled, and it is long overdue. Under Obama, they have become a group of thugs who always say they are right, and that anyone who disagrees is wrong. It was proven that their global warming spill was fraudulent, even their so-called experts, when that hard drive went missing, and was examined by the global community. One lie after another.

  8. Keith Frazer says:

    The governor needs to step in and through the EPA out. The Sherrif also needs to step in and protect this family.

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