Contact: Laura Campbell, Agricultural Ecology Department Manager
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) finalized rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA) redefines what can be regulated as a Water of the United States (WOTUS) and is a massive overreach that will impact agriculture nationwide.
Farm Bureau policy supports retaining delegated authority over sections of the CWA, but EPA's new rule could make us lose our authority. We need this rule to be withdrawn and EPA to have meaningful discussion with the regulated community. And, we need a Waters of the U.S. definition that works for farmers, land owners, utilities, road construction, home and business builders, and industry, while protecting water quality.
Therefore, Farm Bureau urges support for H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act and S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.
Michigan has joined numerous other states in filing suit against the EPA's final Clean Water Act rule on regulated waters of the United States. Four lawsuits in total have been filed: