Re: NANFA-- Fish rules criticized, praised at Oregon hearing

Christopher Scharpf (
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 14:45:39 -0400

>Okay, right. I am adamantly oppossed to the government confiscation of
>private property.

Has the gov't confiscated privtate property in the past to protect a protected
I honestly don't know, so that's why I'm asking.

Or is this more of an issue of the feds telling private property owners what
they can
or cannot do to their property?

If so, to what extent is property fully private? To wit,

If I dump chemicals into a section of the river that flows through my property,
can the gov't force me to stop because I'm polluting the river downstream?

If I'm a farmer who wants to remove all of the riparian growth on my property,
can the gov't make me stop because of the stream erosion and flooding
my practices are contributing to?

Excuse me if my questions and scenarios are simplistic and naive.
This is a new area of discussion for me.

Chris Scharpf

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