(Posted Tue. Mar 25th, 2014)

Keywords: Water Production

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule that seeks to clarify stream and wetland protections covered under the Clean Water Act. At this time, the National Corn Growers Association is reviewing the 370-page draft and plans to submit official comments to Federal Register during the 90-day public comment period.   NCGA will examine the rule to ensure that it provides greater certainty for farmers as to which waters fall under Clean Water Act jurisdiction while honoring all existing protections for farming practices.   In communications accompanying the release, the EPA directly addressed the relevance of the proposed rule to agriculture. “The proposed rule preserves the Clean Water Act exemptions and exclusions for agriculture,” the release stated. “Additionally, EPA and the Army Corps have coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop an interpretive rule to ensure that 53 specific...

(Posted Tue. Dec 17th, 2013)

Keywords: Water Sustainability Regulations

Dec. 17: This week, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency convened a Scientific Advisory Board to conduct a peer review of the Water Body Connectivity Report draft released by that agency in September. The panel, which includes a broad variety of independent scientific experts, is assessing the scientific validity of that report, upon which the agency will base their rule defining Waters of the United States. This rule seeks to expand EPA’s regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The review, which began on Monday, has thus far proceeded in a constructive yet inquisitive manner that the National Corn Growers Association hopes will lead to findings that positively impact the final rule.   “While the debate going on in Washington may seem academic and ephemeral, it will have real-world implications for farmers in their fields,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, who farms in Alabama. “Farmers take their responsibility to care for natural...