The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 was created to regulate the discharge of pollutants and create water quality standards for surface waters in the United States.
In mid-2015, the Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the CWA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their Final Rule redefining the “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) that are subject to federal regulation under the CWA. EPA claims that the final Clean Water Rule, or “WOTUS Rule,” clarifies the definition of WOTUS to better protect our water supply.
On August 28, 2015, the new rule became effective, making it more difficult to farm or ranch, or change a farming operation to remain competitive and profitable. Additionally, the new WOTUS definition creates more jurisdictional waters regulated by EPA, expands the already complex permitting process to more lands, and overall, will increase the economic burden for farm families and future generations. That is why the rule has to be rescinded.
The California Farm Bureau Federation supports a clean water supply for agriculture and the environment, but we strongly oppose EPA’s unnecessary expansion of federal jurisdiction over “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. To read the rule, click here.
Multiple suits have been filed challenging the WOTUS Rule. CFBF is represented by AFBF in its suit. For more information, click here.
CFBF is advocating before Congress to rescind the rule. To become a part the advocacy effort, join Farm Team today.
Below are tools you can use to learn more about the new WOTUS Rule and how to help overturn this deeply flawed policy.
Please contact your county Farm Bureau for the password. Your county can also verify membership status and/or provide you with your membership number.