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Clean Water Rules Are Going To Be A Battlefield

IARN — The battle over who has control of our water and the reach of the Clean Water Act has been a focal point for a few years in agriculture. The Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was labeled as a governmental overreach by many in agriculture. Some states argued that the Federal guidelines would be a step backward from what their states already did. The Trump administration scrapped WOTUS and replaced it with the Navigable Waters Rule (NWR). The rule officially hit the Federal Register last week. That should be the end of it, right? Well, we may only be just beginning.

Agriculture groups around the nation celebrated the implementation of the NWR rule last week. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) was among them. Scott Yager is the NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel. He said it was time to plant the victory flag for agriculture.

Story courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.