Puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time), and isolated wetlands dot the nation’s farmland.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has 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.
We need your help to stop this! Submit a comment to the EPA describing how this rule would hurt your farm or ranch (link to do that below) — and help spread the word that the proposal is a BAD IDEA for agriculture!
THE COMMENT DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 20, 2014. Need help with your comment? Email OFB’s Mike Freese or call him at 503.399.1701.
> Click here to submit a comment to the EPA on how this would hurt your farm or ranch by Oct. 20, 2014
- Animated #DitchTheRule video breaks down the issue.
- Check out the Ditch the Rule website & find resources to fight this ruling: http://ditchtherule.fb.org/
- House blocks EPA expansion of CWA:
Statement by American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman on passage of H.R. 5078, WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act,
September 9, 2014 -“The House of Representatives today stood with farmers and ranchers and against the regulatory overreach of the EPA. Passage of
H.R. 5078 isn’t just a clear rejection of the overreach that lies in the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Today’s action is an unmistakable signal
that the tide is turning against those who ignore the constitutional separation of powers in the United States. We will ditch this rule.”
- Oregon Congressmen Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader vote to block EPA rule-making expansion; This story also features Jackson County Farm Bureau President Ron Bjork
- Listen or read Oregon Farm Bureau member Angela Bailey’s story on why EPA needs to #DitchTheRule. She explains to OPB why farmers are concerned about the CWA proposal. Great job, Angi!
- Check out this possible “secret” map of EPA’s plan to take over water on private property
- Boiling down EPA rule defining waters of U.S., Good article in Feedstuffs that explains the rule & its history
- New #DitchTheRule video featuring a farm family on the Huckabee show.
- AFBF responds to the EPA point-by-point to numerous inaccurate and misleading comments made about the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest clean water rule.
- EPA Grabs for Dry Land article by AFBF’s Don Parrish
- Read a more detailed article on the issue by OFB’s Mike Freese — Listen to Mike discussing the issue on AgInfo.net
- Check out a great toolkit for messaging, blog posts, articles, what to write to the EPA on the issue from AFBF
- Submit a comment to the EPA on how this would hurt your farm or ranch
- See the full EPA proposed ruling — See the EPA website on the proposed rule.
- See a Fox newscast featuring Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader (D) about how this rule would expand federal control to a farm’s ditches “This is ludicrous. I don’t think anybody with a straight face can say that this is anything but a huge grab of jurisdictional power at the end of the day,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), adding that “not every dang small businessman” has a lawyer on retainer to go and fight the regulations.
- See a new #DitchTheRule video on how the EPA rule would regulate ditches & ponds on farms — unless farmers speak out! Share it with your friends on social media!
- Stop EPA Overreach, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman tells Congress
- Farm Bureau Member Testifies on Water Rule at Pa. Hearing
- Fun YouTube video for #DitchTheRule via a parody of the song “Let It Go” from “Frozen” by Missouri farmers
- Check out the #DitchTheRule YouTube channel
- Article by an Arizona rancher: New Clean Water Act rule threatens family farms
- Blog post by farmer: Navigate common sense & Ditch the Rule
- Blog post by farmer: Arkansas dairy farmers support Ditch the Rule
- Blog post by farmer: North Dakota farmer against the CWA expansion
- Noted economist finds EPA analysis of water rule flawed: The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is rife with errors, lacks transparency and would greatly expand strict federal control over land that was previously not regulated by the federal government, according to a report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sunding. Sunding’s report, Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition of Waters of the Unites States, raises the blinds on the controversial proposal by detailing how EPA failed to provide a realistic explanation of the scope, costs and benefits of the rule. See the report
- Oregon Rep. Schrader wants withdrawal of EPA water proposal [OFB Note: Farm Bureau thanks Rep. Kurt Schrader for his advocacy for Oregon farmers and ranchers on this issue.] Longtime friend of Oregon Farm Bureau, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) along with Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and are circulating a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers requesting that the agencies withdraw the proposed rule expanding jurisdiction over federally regulated waters. The American Farm Bureau Federation has strongly endorsed the Collins-Schrader letter.
- So far, hundreds of Republican and Democratic lawmakers have signed the letter and are joining farmers, ranchers and other landowners in challenging EPA’s recently proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which could ultimately lead to the unlawful expansion of federal regulation to cover routine farming and ranching practices as well as other common private land uses, such as building homes.
- Roberts’ bill would halt EPA takeover of water Led by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a group of 30 senators has introduced legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from taking over all private and state water in the United States. The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 prevents the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a proposed rule which would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act.
- “After already calling on the EPA and Army Corps to withdraw the proposed rule, I want to make sure that the expansion of regulatory jurisdiction over ‘Waters of the United States’ is shelved for good,” said Roberts in a news release. The legislation prohibits the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the secretary of the Army from finalizing the rule or trying a similar regulation in the future. Farm Bureau supports the legislation.