Earlier this year, I explained the newly proposed water rules that the EPA is proposing. (Click here for the article.) The EPA is propsing a significantly broader definition of the “significant nexus” test. In this way, they will be able to exercise control through the Clean Water Act over any standing water, even if it’s just a temporary mud puddle.
Although USDA Secretary Vilsack believes this proposed rule should not include additional regulations on farmers, American Farm Bureau disagrees.
Late last week, over 3 dozen Congressmen signed a letter to the EPA director asking her to ditch the rule. Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns was one of them. According to Brownfield Ag News, he stated:
If the rule were to go forward, we could see new and expensive permitting and compliance costs for producers who might simply have a drainage ditch that’s dry most of the year. But under the EPA rules, we worry that they’ll be tangled up in the EPA process.
You can also join the campaign to tell the EPA to #DitchTheRule through numerous social media outlets here.