NPRI legal arm seeking damages from federal agency

Victor Fuentes at Patch of Heaven church camp in Amargosa Valley

NPRI’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation announced today it is seeing damages on behalf of a Christian camp over damages caused by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Patch of Heaven camp is located on 40 acres in Amargosa Valley in the middle of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

CJCL says the federal agency in the fall of 2010 illegally rerouted two streams that historically flowed through the church camp run by Cuban immigrant Victor Fuentes. Just weeks after altering the spring-fed streams the a rain storm overflowed the new levees, flooding the camp and causing extensive damage.

Before the federal diversion

Fuentes said he tried to get relief from the government but got nowhere. “The government acts like a separate entity from the people — they are there, and we are here,” Fuentes said.

In addition to the structural damage, the overall value of the camp property has fallen because the water source that attracted visitors is gone and the land is now in a government-created flood plain. Visitor volume has fallen off.

Fuentes and his wife operate the camp for the The Ministerio Roco Solida Church (Solid Rock Church).

“I came to this country because I didn’t want the government’s hands on me,” said Fuentes. “I fled that government. That’s not the government I wanted to find here.”

Patch of Heaven was once advertised as:

“A place where you can breathe fresh air, feel peace, love and tranquility.

“Is for those who want to have a personal and deep experience of prayer and reflection in a peaceful climate surrounded by God’s beautiful creation.

“Youth, college, and adults groups alike will enjoy the scenic beauty surrounding the camp.”

4 comments on “NPRI legal arm seeking damages from federal agency

  1. Athos says:

    Look at the money these bureaucracies command. And they are constantly demanding more. That’s their job!

    So they bleed us, and demand more from us, and we are paying for our own demise.

  2. Steve says:

    Did the Fish and Game Service get EPA approval to disturb the original wetland? No outrage from the Sierra Club??

    I know the answer, don’t bother.
    No money to steal taxpayers, thats where the Siera Club is.

    As for th gov agencies, one hand does not know what the other is doing. Wish them luck and hope they are still young enough to enjoy the results if any.

  3. […] On Monday NPRI’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation filed a claim with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $86,000 in actual damages, claiming “negligent and lawless actions” by the agency caused flooding damage to a church camp in Amargosa Valley. (As first reported here.) […]

  4. […] came to this country because I didn’t want the government’s hands on me,” said Fuentes in an interview when the litigation began. “I fled that government. That’s not the government I wanted to find […]

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