[Greeley, CO — January 23, 2020] Presidents’ of Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee made statements regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) replacement regulation for Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which replaces the 2015 version that would have increased regulatory burdens and costs for farmers and other businesses.
“The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule Clean Water rule is welcome news to farmers,” stated CCAC President Troy Schneider. “It gives us clarity and certainty about which waters come under federal versus state jurisdictions to make water management more efficient and effective. It puts small bodies of water back into the hands successfully managing them all along – state and local governments. And gives farmers, land and business owners a way to keep protecting the environment without threat of government action.”
“Farmers rely on clean water to make a living and often go above and beyond regulatory requirements to be avid stewards of all their resources,” said CCGA President Dave Cure. “The new rule clarifies oversight on dry land that is sometimes wet, something the 2015 WOTUS rule did not. These and other improvements allow the kind of farming practices to protect the environment to continue and new ones to be implemented without confusion.”
In September, the Trump administration EPA and Corps repealed the controversial 2015 WOTUS rule and proposed a new Clean Water rule clarifying which level of government – federal or state – would oversee water features and dry land that is sometimes wet.
The new 2020 Clean Water rule does not change who oversees permanent waterways, such as lakes, rivers, streams, and other bodies that always or usually contain water. However, the new Clean Water rule draws clear lines indicating that usually dry areas should no longer be considered federal waters.
Colorado Corn is the name used to reference two organizations, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Colorado Corn Growers Association. While they share the same staff and office space in Greeley, they have distinctly different missions.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of grain corn produced in Colorado) are invested in research, market development, outreach and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general.