1. EPA releases final Waters of the U.S. rule
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA on Wednesday released the final Waters of the U.S. rule, a regulation that defines which waters can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
The WOTUS rule process was closely watched by agriculture groups, many of which feared it would mean additional regulations on farming and ranching activities on private lands. At nearly 300 pages, the final rule still pledges to avoid regulation of most ditches, groundwater or require more permits for agriculture activities. But groups Wednesday were ready with statements of concern and plans to review the full rule to determine if key issues raised by farmers and ranchers were addressed after the final public comment period was closed.
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Read the Agriculture Organizations responses at CornandSoybeanDigest.com