New Rules with Clean Water Act

New Rules with Clean Water Act

Recent rains have left puddles, ponds, ditches, and ephemerals full of water.
Recent rains have left puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time) full of water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to these types of land features and waters, giving the agencies the power to dictate land-use decisions and farming practices in or near them. The rule will make it more difficult to farm or change a farming operation to remain competitive and profitable. Visit http://ditchtherule.fb.org/ for a great deal of information!
Under the EPA proposed rule, VIRTUALLY ALL WATER FEATURES would be categorized as NAVIGABLE WATERS.
If this happens, any discharge of a pollutant such as dust or soil would be “unlawful” without a Clean Water Act Permit.
Typical farming practices such as plowing, planting, fertilizing crops, controlling pests and fence building could in violation and subject to penalties of up to $37,500 per day.

We are requesting citizens take action and call the White House to voice their concern. The phone number and a script to help you convey your thoughts can be found at www.ilfb.org.
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