Marshall Joins EPA and Army Corps to Announce New WOTUS Rule

January 24, 2020
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford Friday at the Kansas Commodity Classic to announce the EPA’s new Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides a clear definition for Waters of the United States (WOTUS), delivering on President Trump’s promise to cut burdensome regulations and slash bureaucratic red tape to empower farmers, ranchers, builders, small businesses and other land owners.

“Farmers and ranchers are the original and best conservationists in the world, and I have heard from them about this issue since I came into office,” said Rep. Marshall. “This new rule will tremendously reduce the burden on Kansans who work in dairy, cattle and crop operations, and allow them to implement conservation methods without federal overreach. The EPA’s new Navigable Waters Protection Rule will continue to protect our environment without stifling economic growth and rebalance the relationship between the federal government and states in managing our land and water resources. I was honored to join EPA Regional Administrator Gulliford and Col. Hannan for the announcement of another promise kept by President Trump.”

Administrator Gulliford noted the importance the agriculture industry plays in the Kansas economy and the emphasis the EPA has placed on protecting America’s farmers.

“This rule establishes a new definition for ‘waters of the U.S.’ that protects our nation’s navigable waters and core tributary systems while also providing our nation’s farmers, ranchers and landowners with the clarity, predictability and consistency needed to successfully produce the food, fuel and fiber we, as Americans, rely on every day,” said EPA Administrator Gulliford. “By leveraging existing state and tribal regulations and local land use programs, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule provides a robust network of coverage and protection for our nation’s water resources.”

Col. William Hannan, District Commander for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Kansas City District, was also on hand for the announcement. The Army Corp worked closely with the EPA in the creation of this new rule and Col. Hannan expressed the Corp’s continued dedication to eliminating confusion and working with Kansas farmers and landowners.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule ends decades of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. The new definition achieves the proper relationship between the federal government and states in managing land and water resources. It also ensures that America’s water protections – among the best in the world – remain strong, while giving our states and tribes more flexibility in determining how best to manage their land and water resources to protect the environment and local economies.

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