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LET’S GET OUR
TELL CONGRESS: DITCH WOTUS
WHAT IS WOTUS?
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.
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.
An ephemeral waterbody is a wetland,
spring, stream, river, pond or lake that
only exists for a short period following
precipitation or snowmelt.
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.
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
LET’S GET OUR
Join businesses from all 50 states and tell Congress
to stop the new WOTUS definition.
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