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New Maps Show Potential Impact of Proposed Waters of the US Rule

New Maps Show Potential Impact of Proposed Waters of the US Rule

New interactive maps planned for release in September from the American Farm Bureau Federation will show just how far beyond its jurisdiction EPA is trying to go with its Waters of the U.S. proposal.  American Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Regulatory Relations, Don Parish, says the interactive maps, expected to be available after Labor Day, will allow farmers in 15 states to see how their farms could potentially be affected by EPA’s proposed rule. ..

“Farm Bureau is working to have maps available to give farmers the opportunity to drill down in these 15 states and maybe even find their farms. And see the extent to which the US Geological Survey has information with regard to everything from permanent streams to ones that only flow due to rain.”

Parrish says these maps are similar to ones due out this week from the U.S. House Science Committee.  He says the committee asked for those maps from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Still, the Farm Bureau maps and the Committee’s maps might not tell nearly the whole story of EPA’s overreach…

“The ones that the Farm Bureau will release will be very extensive. I want members who look at these maps to remember that they will not be representative of the regulatory footprint that EPA is proposing, by as much as a 70% increase, because EPS is proposing a very large footprint.”
One of the biggest problems farmers and ranchers have with the rule is that EPA is wrongly trying to use the Clean Water Act to regulate land that is dry most of the year and miles from the nearest truly navigable water…

“We think they have to do a better job to explain to the public because they are trying to regulate what we believe is outside the aquatic eco system. It will conflict with land use.”

That’s AFBF’s Don Parish.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.