and by EPA's defintation of a wetland you can't modify a wetland without a prior plan.
and a plan aprroved by the proper governing authorities.
I tried to get BLM to take notice of it as a wetland but they have dragged their feet about it.
wont answer my question when i sent them comments in may on their permit process.
that is one of the reasons why we created this website. to get people to listen and they are!!!
Hey rock star, you're setting yourself up again in showing how your selective cut and pasting of 'facts' is setting the stage for people like myself to plug your blathering ass cheeks with another round of truth.
Ready? OK, now bend over.
A wetlands definition as recognized
by the US Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wetland Registry, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental protection Agency and, I believe
, the California Coastal Commission is as follows:
-those areas that are INUNDATED or SATURATED (emphasis mine) by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions (U.S. ACE 1987). Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas;
Starting with the following references (all of which are available at the BLM Winnemucca Field Office); Soil survey of Washoe County, Nevada, Central Part
, by Ed Blake, Soil Conservation Service; Soil Survey of Humboldt County, Nevada, West part
, by Donald Jossie, Bureau of land Management, and Soil Survey of Pershing County, Nevada, West par
t, by Clarence Seagraves and Michael J. Zielinski, Bureau of Land Management. One will note that the following descriptions of the playa soils and soils adjacent to the playa have certain, very similar characteristics. For instance, when describing mountain foothills fan piedmonts (which the Frog pond by geographic location is a part of) the following is described:
These soils are steep to very steep, very shallow and moderately deep, somewhat excessively and well drained, leaching depth increases, pH is lower, and a light to darker A horizon has developed. Plant cover is sparse and consists of drought and salt tolerant species. Soils are low in organic matter.
According to this definition inundated
don’t seem to apply as ‘well drained’ means just that. That water regardless of the source has the characteristic of draining into the lower depths of the lacustrine sediments (lake derived) which is very characteristic of a bolson floor (A “bolson” is a closed basin with centripetal drainage.) – which the playa and adjacent areas represent. Wetlands are NOT characterized by centripetal drainage. Further, it would seem that plants that are drought and salt tolerant don’t really fit the definition of “vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions
Continuing with the wetland definition;
(2) lands that are transitional between
terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface of the land and is covered by shallow water. For purposes of this classification, wetlands must have one or more of the following attributes:
(1)at least periodically, the land predominantly supports hydrophytes (plants dependent on saturated soils or a water medium);
Though frog pond has several hydrophytic (‘water loving’) species of plants immediately adjacent to its waters, they are by no means the predominant flora in the area. In fact, scrub brush, sage and several large non-native Russian olives are the predominant plant species in the area.
(2) the substrate is predominantly undrained hydric soil; and
(3) the substrate is nonsoil and is saturated with water or covered by shallow water at some time during the growing season of each year.
As referenced, soil saturation and undrained water are not characteristic of the area in question.
Without belaboring my point I’ll note that NOTHING you’ve suggested to date fits the definition or could even loosely be interpreted as a wetland. Perhaps the reason that the BLM has been reticent to reply to your queries might
have to do with not wanting waste sparse resources in providing you a series of reasons, studies, evaluations or definitions which (I believe) you’ll ultimately reject re-fucking-gardless of the source OR the validity.
Really, you should be ashamed of the myopic disregard to people's efforts who've made a good faith effort to answer your accusations, slanderings and innuendo.
You remain a fool. An ass of the first order.