By Kylene Scott
Farmers and ranchers face challenges nearly every day. The Environmental Protection Agency has thrown in another wrench for them to deal with: the Waters of the United States.
EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. According to the EPA website, this proposal would enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources as well as increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the Act.
The comment period for WOTUS is open until Nov. 14, and a southwest Kansas rancher, Marcella Holman, wanted farmers and ranchers in her area to become informed about the proposal. Holman helped organize a meeting with Kansas Livestock Association, Oct. 14 in Dodge City, Kansas.
“As you all know these are super unprecedented times, unprecedented year of rain first of all. It’s been so different than the last couple of years,” she said. “But also unprecedented challenges we are now facing with the beef industry right now.”
Holman’s concern lead her to the association and the help of Aaron Popelka, vice president of legal and government affairs for KLA. Popelka spoke to attendees at a meeting for Ford and Hodgeman county livestock producers, feeders and those involved in agriculture. Popelka encouraged people to comment on the proposed rule. [Read More]