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CAPR Comment to Department of Interior for Wolf Delisting

June 13, 2019 by Cindy Alia

The deadline is fast approaching for commenting on Wolf Delisting, here you can see comments submitted by CAPR on May13, 2019.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0097; FXES11130900000C2–189–FF09E32000] RIN 1018–BD60 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights 718 Griffin Avenue, # 7 Enumclaw. WA 98022

Comments on rule-making document Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097

CAPR Strives to Provide Oversight on State Board of Health

June 29, 2019 by Cindy Alia, photo credit Mai Moeslund

State Board of Health Significant Rule-making has been embarked upon on several topics.  CAPR is working to provide oversight of the rule-making process regarding rules changes that will impact property owners' rights.  Two areas of concern are the ongoing indepth rule changes for septic system (OSS) permitting and management.  Another topic that can impact property owners negatively is "Animal Waste Management".  CAPR has gained a seat at the stakeholder meetings on both of these topics with the intention of protecting property rights as rules review takes place.  

The OSS rule-making process has been happening for several months and has been reviewing many pages of already burdensome rules.  

Septic System Regulations

Washington Department of Ecology Disregards Legislative Intent in Nooksack Water Rule

The "Hirst Fix" law as passed the legislature and as effective on January 18, 2018 entitled "Water Availability" provides legislative intent to the Department of Ecology and counties within Water Resource Inventory Area in establishing water availability through in stream flow rules.  http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/6091-S.SL.pdf?cite=2018%20c%201%20%C2%A7%20201

Rental Property Owners Face Onerous Demands in Legislative Bills

A suite of Tenant/Landlord Bills have been introduced and are progressing through the legislature.  It is self-evident that no genuine effort has been made by bill sponsors to solicit input from industry-wide stakeholders.  Tenant advocates have been candid (and successful) with their opposition to landlords having a seat at the table.  That is why these bills are generally so short-sighted.

Tenant/Landlord relationship and interaction is dynamic and complex, and these bills fail to recognize the on the ground circumstances created with real people living real lives.  Additionally the bills do not consider that both landlords and fellow tenants can suffer the consequences of a bad apple tenant. 

The Orca – Fact Versus Political Hysteria

By Cindy Alia

January 27, 2019

As much as I would like to take credit for this article, a very savvy and critically thinking facebook follower often has very in depth and well thought out comments to articles posted there.  Grateful for this kind of response and the research behind it, I feel compelled in this case to share the thoughts and conclusions reached from the research the follower had done.

CAPR Works to Protect Property Owners’ Rights and Their Septic Systems

Until this summer, property owners have never been represented on the Washington State Department of Health Onsite Sewage System (OSS) policy and technical rule revision Committee (basically an ad hoc committee to determine Washington State’s rules regarding septic systems).


Historically, only bureaucrats, environmental extremists, and industry representatives (septic pumping, designers, etc.) were involved. This may have been one reason why these policies seem to keep getting worse and more hostile to property owners over the years.

AVISTA / HYDRO ONE Sale Denied by WUTC!

by Cindy Alia, December 8, 2108

The Energy and tenacity of Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), Spokane Treasurer Rob Chase who pursued coordination under the  the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, Idaho based Avista Customer Group, and many concerned and commenting citizens of both Washington and Idaho were very effective in putting pressure on the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Committee (WUTC), who in Washington State had the final say in determining if Avista, a United States owned utility company could be purchased by a Canadian utility company, Hydro One! 

Skagit County - Charter Push to Deny Rights - Denied! – Winning The Fight to Defeat the Charter Initiative

Skagit County – Winning The Fight to Defeat the Charter Initiative

Twenty-one days after the November 6th election, the excruciating slow process of counting votes in Skagit County was over.  However, after only a week of sorting through ballots, it was evident the initiative to transform Skagit into a county that resembled its dysfunctional neighbors was soundly beaten back.  In the end, voters turned down charter government by a 2 to1 margin.    

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