(NewsReady.com) – President Trump just rolled back an Obama-era piece of water-protection legislation, the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), that hampered farming output. Water used by farmers often falls under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Now, the EPA has a narrow scope of authority over this same water.
Trump announced his plan during a conference with the American Farm Bureau Federation:
“I am proud to announce a plan to protect the water rights of American farmers and ranchers. [It will] allow states to manage their water resources based on their own needs and based on what their farmers and ranchers want… Water is the lifeblood of agriculture and we will always protect your water supply.”
The WOTUS expanded the range of waterway types that were protected by federal law. Smaller water bodies, including those formed by seasonal snow melts, fell under this policy. Farmers have argued that this law was overreaching and arbitrarily prohibitive of farming output.
Many of Trump’s policies have been challenged through legal means. So, some expect Trump’s rollback of WOTUS to face legal pushback in the coming months.
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