Colorado Farm Bureau: Final Revised WOTUS Rules are Published
CENTENNIAL, Colo.—April 21, 2020 —The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are publishing a final rule deciding what does and does not fall under the scope of the federal government when it comes to the Clean Water Act.
CFB has long fought against the confusing and overreaching WOTUS rules that left farmers and ranchers unclear about how to comply. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is a long awaited revision to WOTUS and is welcomed by farmers and ranchers across the country.
The new rules are the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process that follow an Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017 ordering the review and revision. The rule becomes effective on June 22, 2020. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is the fulfillment of the Administration’s commitment to put forward regulations that protect the rights of states, local communities, farmers, small businesses and private citizens.