National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act.
NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. They then sent a letter to McCarthy asking for clarity in some of the definitions in the proposed rule. Johnson says the EPA proposal has created “LESS clarity, not more as intended.”
The group is also asking for answers to their questions about “wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region, coordination with state agencies and the treatment of unconnected bodies of water that are seasonal.”
Johnson says, at this point, the EPA’s “interpretive rule” has caused “confusion and resentment” in rural America.
Meanwhile, the nation’s largest farmer organization, American Farm Bureau Federation, supports efforts in Congress to stop the EPA proposed rule and has asked the EPA to rescind the rule.