NCGA: Proposed Rule on Waters of the U.S. A Step Back, Confusing for Farmers

November 18, 2021

NCGA: Proposed Rule on Waters of the U.S. A Step Back, Confusing for Farmers

Nov 18, 2021

Key Issues:Farm Policy

Today, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Army released a proposed rule to re-establish the pre-2015 definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The proposed rule would remove the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which was finalized in 2020 and provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for farmers affected by the scope of WOTUS jurisdiction.

 

In response to this development, NCGA President Chris Edgington released the following statement:

 

“We are extremely disappointed that this administration is taking us backward by removing a rule that has provided certainty for farmers who are working to feed and power America.”

 

"NCGA will continue to work with the agencies and advocate for a WOTUS definition that provides farmers clarity about their obligations under the Clean Water Act."

 

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