On Tuesday, March 17, the House Agriculture Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Waters of the U.S. regulation.
The regulatory proposal issued last year has faced opposition from agriculture, business, and state and local government due to the lack of clarity provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency. The regulation could expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and encompass ditches and ephemeral streams, potentially impacting agricultural activities where these features are present.
The Administration has said they will issue a final regulation this spring without additional time for public review and comment, despite the over one million comments that were received prior to the public comment deadline last Fall. EPA officials have stated they will make changes to the regulation to reflect comments, but without additional time to review the proposal before it would go into effect, there is growing concern about the actions EPA will take.
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) will be joining several other agriculture commodity associations in providing joint testimony at the hearing next week. To watch the hearing live, visit the House Agriculture Committee’s website here.