That means on August 28, EPA will have control over your land and require you to get a federal permit in order conducting any activity on land that causes any material to be deposited onto a regulated low spot, wetland, or ditch (applying fertilizer, applying pest control products or even just moving dirt) or face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. EPA is overreaching their authority and you need to stop them.
Click here to tell your Senator to support S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which will stop the EPA from implementing the final rule and re-propose a rule that actually follows the limits set by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court.
The final rule is even broader and unclear than we thought it could be. One major concern is the expanded definition of tributaries. Any land feature with the “presence of physical indicators of a bed, bank, and ordinary high water mark” would be considered a “tributary” and therefore a Waters of the U.S. even if there is no water there! In addition, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers can use “desktop tools” (e.g. LIDAR, aerial photography, and NRCS Soil Surveys) or base it on past conditions rather than current conditions to make a determination on whether or not you will need a federal permit. It will be impossible for landowners to know which ditches are excluded!
For more information on the final Waters of the U.S. rule, click here.
We are hoping the Senate will vote on S. 1140 before the August recess. That means you need to act NOW! Click here to take you to Minnesota Farm Bureau’s website where you can send a message directly to Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken. Every voice counts!
Once you have sent your message to the Senators, tell your friends and neighbors who also want EPA to Ditch the Rule!