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Tell Congress: Ditch WOTUS



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Tell Congress: Ditch WOTUS

  2. 2. #RegReform WHAT IS WOTUS? KEY FACT: Under the Clean Water Act, the federal government has jurisdiction over “navigable waters”– bodies of water where interstate transportation or commerce could take place. WOTUS, Waters of the United States, defines which bodies of water are “navigable waters” and fall under federal jurisdiction. EPA was tasked with clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act, or redefining WOTUS, so people could better understand and comply with the law.
  3. 3. #RegReform WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Instead of clarifying the rule, EPA changed the definition of WOTUS to include “ephemeral waters.” In other words, that little stream that shows up in your backyard only after it rains now falls under the federal government’s authority. E·pherm·er·al /əˈfem(ə)rəl/ Adj. An ephemeral waterbody is a wetland, spring, stream, river, pond or lake that only exists for a short period following precipitation or snowmelt.
  4. 4. #RegReform WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? By adding the word “ephemeral” to the new definition of WOTUS, EPA drastically expanded the reach of the federal government. For example, EPA increased stream miles under federal jurisdiction in Kansas from 32,000 to 134,000 miles, a 400% increase. InMiles Before 32,00025,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 125,000 150,000 After 134,000
  5. 5. #RegReform WHO DOES IT IMPACT? WOTUS will require farmers, ranchers, and other businesses to obtain federal land use permits at a median cost of $155,000. EPA estimates WOTUS will increase annual costs for permitting in the United States by $158–$465 million.
  6. 6. LET’S GET OUR RULES RIGHT Join businesses from all 50 states and tell Congress to stop the new WOTUS definition. #RegReform