It's kind of like me going out to drive my car. I "Could" hit someone if I "Did" drive over the yellow line. First of all, that's not going to stop me or others from driving, and second, that's why I took and passed the driver's test! Furthermore, the Core of Engineers made it even more difficult to oppose them by tying it to money given to the city, Bonner's Ferry. Originally, the town supported the treehouse owner and his right to keep it. But now, if the house doesn't come down, the town may not be getting the $128,000 of Fed money for levee repairs this year. I guess the treehouse goes. It's crazy how the government decides when and how to get involved in private citizens' lives.
More close to home is the Provo River debate where I live. The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, a federal agency, is ready to take lands around the Provo River Route by means of eminent domain, and turn them into marshlands so that the June Sucker can survive. The June Sucker is a little fish that is native to Utah Lake and was declared endangered in 1986. Never mind that it has been coming back recently, thanks to fisheries planting them into the lake every year, plus the predatory carp are being extincted from the lake to the tune of 5 million carp per year. (Ironically, these carp were originally planted in the lake by the Government in the late 1880's!)
So already many things are being done and lots of money is being spent to bring about the preservation of this little, teeny, fish. Now, even more money will be spent--taxpayer dollars--to save this fish! And really, not a lot of support for it here in Provo, UT.. Certainly not from the dozens of farmers whose lands will be effectively taken from them or if not, dictated to on how they will be used. Certainly not the people who live surrounding the greater Provo area. Marshlands means mosquitoes and we've got enough of those already, thanks! And certainly not any citizens who realize that this is another earmark by the government, using tax dollars that could be used better in some other way than disturbing life as we know it here in Provo, UT!