Wednesday, July 30, 2014

EPA water restrictions

6/27/2014

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Although the agencies have gone to great lengths to assure farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses that this rule will not affect them, nothing could be further from the truth.

The proposal attempts to bring ponds, puddles, ditches, and even dry land under federal regulation. This will require more permits for routine farming activities. Despite what they have said, the agencies narrowed statutory exemptions for agriculture under the Clean Water Act. These requirements will prevent expansions, conservation practice implementation, and other beneficial activities that provide jobs and water quality benefits for Kansas. Furthermore, the rule will require the use of additional state resources as the federal government forces Kansas to regulate greater areas of the state under the Clean Water Act.

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Although the agencies have gone to great lengths to assure farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses that this rule will not affect them, nothing could be further from the truth.

The proposal attempts to bring ponds, puddles, ditches, and even dry land under federal regulation. This will require more permits for routine farming activities. Despite what they have said, the agencies narrowed statutory exemptions for agriculture under the Clean Water Act. These requirements will prevent expansions, conservation practice implementation, and other beneficial activities that provide jobs and water quality benefits for Kansas. Furthermore, the rule will require the use of additional state resources as the federal government forces Kansas to regulate greater areas of the state under the Clean Water Act.

Members of the Kansas Agricultural Alliance, representing Kansas agriculture and rural businesses, sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and our congressional delegation, asking them to help oppose the proposed rule. All Kansans should join us in writing the EPA and our congressional delegation asking them to ditch the rule.

Aaron M. Popelka,

president-elect,

Kansas Agricultural Alliance

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