We've made it easy for you to see how EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule will affect your farm. Many Michigan waters are already regulated, but these interactive maps illustrate the ditches and intermittent streams that may be added to EPA regulation if the proposed rule is approved. The maps contain the same data but each depicts the information a little differently.
First install Google Earth on your device, then follow the instructions below to download layers we’ve prepared that highlight those waterways which EPA wants to call “Waters of the U.S.” Then just zoom in on your own farm! PC Instructions
Nationwide water and wetland maps assembled by the Environmental Protection Agency paint an astonishing picture of what private property EPA could control.
While the agency claims it has not used the maps to regulate, considering they were created just days after the agency released the proposed WOTUS rule, it's clear the maps were drafted with regulation in mind.
Agriculture's WOTUS Mapping Initiative from the American Farm Bureau Federation allow you to see waterways on your land, including wetlands, that could be regulated by EPA.
The maps are based on data from the United States Geological Survey. Some of the things you can do: