Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is asking members to show support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed new Clean Water rule.
You read that right: support for the new rule.
Unlike the overreaching 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule, the new rule offers farmers the ability to produce food, fiber and fuel with certainty, while simultaneously protecting water quality.
“The new proposed Clean Water rule is refreshing because it gives farmers clear rules to follow so they can look at their land and know what is and is not federally regulated,” said Laura Campbell, MFB’s Ag Ecology Department Manager. “If implemented, it will also help ensure Michigan retains state control where applicable—like in wetlands, unconnected and dry streams, and ditches.
“As a result, permitting through the Department of Environmental Quality should be more straightforward because the state agency will not have to constantly check with EPA to determine what they must write permits for.”
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“Comments from farmers are important,” Campbell added. “Without them, we run the risk of those not involved in agriculture sharing inaccurate, non-scientific information, attempting to thwart the rule-making process.”