The Stakeholder Partnerships Used to Thwart Our Dreams

Bob NolanBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner



“Stakeholder partnerships,” “broad partnerships” and other groups of elitists are colluding to thwart every economic opportunity we have in rural America. 

Tom wrote an interesting story yesterday about “The Brazen Lies Being Peddled by the William Penn Foundation.” One of the links he provided was to a descriptive brochure about the Delaware Watershed Initiative and its approach. Intrigued by what these elitists were up to, I decided to check it out a little further. What I found and I didn’t find tells a lot about what these people plan for us. They hope to smash every economic dream we have.

Stakeholder partnerships

Land barons Christopher “Kim Elliman,” head of OSI and his great-grandfather William Rockefeller; both out to “make a wilderness” by stealing others’ land.

The William Penn Foundation and Open Space Institute repeatedly tell us the Delaware River is threatened and needs their help. I dug into the report hoping to find the details upon which they rely for these scare tactics. This is what I found:

“The Delaware River Watershed Initiative is a broad partnership of nongovernmental organizations that share the goal of ensuring abundant clean water through conservation of targeted watersheds within the 13,000-square-mile drainage of the Delaware River. As part of this initiative, the Open Space Institute (OSI) administers the Delaware River Watershed Land Protection Fund with a $9 million grant from the William Penn Foundation…Further details about the process and data sets used are provided in OSI’s Data Documentation Report, available at the OSI website:

I was pretty curious who these characters may be who composed the “broad partnership of nongovernmental organizations that share the goal of ensuring abundant clean water.” So, I followed this advice and went to the OSI website. I looked at their Publications page, their Newsroom page and other pages. I didn’t find anything. I then checked out “Issues” under a side menu and digging deeper into “Water” found this page on their “Delaware River Watershed Fund.” I still didn’t see anything until I looked under another side menu under “Delaware Application Maps.” There it finally was; a “Data Documentation” link to the actual report.

The report itself was “produced” by Barry Evans, about whom we are told absolutely nothing. A little further Googling, however, indicated he was Dr. Barry Evans, with degrees from Ohio State University and Penn State University. He’s a senior research faculty member with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State. He also recently participated in a conference with OSI staff, Carol Collier and other shills for the Haas and Rockefeller families to educate “practitioners who wish to engage in planning that can inform project selection.” How nice.

What “project selection” you might ask? Well, you know, projects that protect water. What? You know; projects that ensure resilience of our climate and our water. What? This is the sort of academic prattle that counts for intelligence these days. What they mean to say, of course, is projects that protect the land they want; land we now own.

The Data Documentation Report is self-described as an “indexing theme.” It is little more than an academic exercise. It concludes erosion potential, for instance, is one of the biggest threats to water quality. Most of us who have lived here any length of time could have told them that. Just watch certain creeks on the New York side of the river run brown after a storm. The purpose of the report, of course, is to justify taking land. It is also intended to interfere as much as possible with gas drilling should it arrive.

The William Penn Foundation’s minions (i.e., the Delaware Riverkeeper) tell us gas drilling is a threat to water quality. That isn’t true, of course. Gas drilling and pipeline construction aren’t turning these New York creeks brown. Both activities are subject to the highest erosion and sedimentation regulations and Pennsylvania has the toughest stormwater regs in the nation. No, gas drilling and pipeline construction threaten the ability of these elitists to acquire more land. These activities create economic opportunity locally, make it possible to hold onto land and save open space without their help. Those are the last things the Rockefellers and company want.

What the Data Documentation Report didn’t say is who composes that “broad partnership” that’s going to look after you and me. No doubt they’re illuminati from the best neighborhoods of New York and Philadelphia…you know, the folks who are way smarter than those of us they think of as hicks and rednecks. It all brings to mind the fiasco created over National Blueways. Such a firestorm ensued when announced that the Interior Department was forced to abandon the program. Remember when this was the headline (emphasis mine)?

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS RIVERS: Secretary Salazar Creates National Blueways System, Designates Connecticut River and Its Watershed as First National Blueway

“The National Blueways System established today recognizes river systems conserved through diverse stakeholder partnerships that use a comprehensive watershed approach to resource stewardship. The program will provide a new national emphasis on the unique value and significance of a ‘headwaters to mouth’ approach to river management.”

Who wants to wager the “diverse stakeholder partnerships” of Blueways fame and OSI’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative’s “broad partnership of nongovernmental organizations that share the goal of ensuring abundant clean water” are not the same land grabbing, property stealing gentry class snobs who want our land and aim to stop gas drilling? Is it  the same scheme to thwart our dreams for the land we own? Who wants to bet the Delaware River Watershed Initiative is not Blueways wearing a different badge?

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One thought on “The Stakeholder Partnerships Used to Thwart Our Dreams

  1. Great work, Bob! Once these land grabbers are caught, they just reorganize under a new name until someone like you or Tom does some sleuthing and finds what their latest disguise is and unmasks them. You would think that the NGO stakeholders in all of this would include the people in the watershed who actually currently own the land. However, they are never invited to this table. If they are lucky, the elitists might throw them some scraps, yet, I doubt that will happen. Their goal is to starve them out.

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