AFBF: Navigable Waters Protection Rule Provides Certianty For Rural America

Ask the American Farm Bureau Federation they’ll tell you the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaces WOTUS, clearly defines federal water jurisdiction.  AFBF Senior Regulatory Relations Director, Don Parrish said the new rule allows farmers to understand water regulations while continuing to protect water quality.   “Well, I hope it provides the clarity that that […]

New WOTUS Rule Appears Headed to the Courts

Environmental groups and Democratic states are already promising to sue over the new Waters of the U.S. Rule, which the Trump administration calls the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule.” The conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation made a similar promise, calling the new rule not narrow enough. If the challenges happen to make it to the Supreme Court, […]

Farming Community Welcomes Navigable Protection Rule

Maybe you’re not familiar with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the replacement to the Waters of the U.S. rule.  But the recent announcement by the Trump Administration is sitting well with many in farm country. “Repealing WOTUS is a big deal,” said Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.   The repeal last October led to the EPA […]

Reaction To WOTUS Replacement Varied

EPA’s final WOTUS-replacement rule is being well-received by farm interests.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was one of many farm and industry groups that strongly opposed the original 2015 Obama era Waters of the U.S. Rule for its broad reach in exerting federal control.   “Even if it was something that was dry most of […]

AFBF: WOTUS Repeal Great News For Agriculture

On Thursday, the Trump Administration officially repealed the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, which the American Farm Bureau Federation said represents a big win for farmers and ranchers.   “This is a huge win for Farm Bureau,” said AFBF senior director of regulatory relations, Don Parrish.  “Its one that has taken almost three years […]

Federal Court Sends Water Rule Back to EPA

A federal court in Georgia says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act, due to its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over water and lands that typically fall within states’ regulatory authority.”  The federal court for the Southern District of Georgia found that the agency overstepped both the […]

Senators Introduce Legislation to Redefine WOTUS

Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Braun of Indiana introduced the Define WOTUS Act last week.  The legislation will codify a definition of the Waters of the U.S. Rule and reassert Congressional authority to define the term.   Ernst says the Obama-era rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the federal […]

OCA Successfully Stops Implementation of WOTUS In Oregon

Count Oregon as one of the states where WOTUS will not be enforced.   Last month, a U.S. District Judge delayed implementation of the Waters of the U.S. Rule, because it could “irreparably harm” farmers and ranchers.  Back in April, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association sued the EPA, saying WOTUS too broadly defined the types of […]

EPA Continues To Review WOTUS Comments

The EPA continues to review comments regarding the proposed replacement of WOTUS.  Tate Bennett, an associate Administrator at the EPA, said while the comment period technically closed April 15th, the EPA is pouring over the thousands of comments received.  So, when will the final ruling on WOTUS be released?   “TBD on the final rule.  […]

Shutdown Delays WOTUS Comment Period

The government shutdown is delaying a comment period for the Trump administration’s new Waters of the U.S. proposal. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will delay publishing the proposed WOTUS replacement in the Federal Register until after funding is restored at EPA, according to Politico. The 60-day comment period won’t begin until the proposed […]