South Dakota Waterways Regulated Under Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule
AWMI Analysis of "Waters of the U.S."
Note: Analysis not completed for all 50 states.
What is the “waters of the U.S.” rule?
How will the new rule affect South Dakotans?
What can be done to prevent this rule from taking effect?
I have voiced strong opposition to this attempted power-grab since it was proposed by the EPA in March of 2014. I believe this rule will place undue burdens on property owners across South Dakota and usurp the regulation of these bodies of waters from state and local governments. This rule expands regulatory authority far beyond the limits placed on the EPA and USACE by Congress and the Supreme Court.
On June 19, 2014, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) introduced the Protecting Water and Property Rights Act (S. 2496) in the U.S. Senate. I was a co-sponsor of this legislation in the 113th Congress, which would prevent the EPA and USACE from implementing the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule. Additionally, I sent letters to the EPA and USACE asking them to withdraw the rule.
I am particularly concerned about the devastating effects implementation of this restrictive rule would have on our agricultural producers. I, along with my Republican colleagues on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in July to discuss our serious concerns about the impact this rule will have on rural America.
Agriculture’s WOTUS Mapping Initiative (AWMI)
The AWMI includes the following agricultural associations: American Farm Bureau Federation, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Pork Producers Council, the Fertilizer Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
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