Removing ‘Navigable’ From Clean Water Goes Too Far

Farm Bureau opposes “America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act,” introduced Wednesday by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), due to concerns that the measure would regulate all waters in the United States, not just real “navigable” waters, as Congress clearly intended when it passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.

“Farm Bureau has always supported the Clean Water Act as a vital tool for protecting our nation’s valuable water resources,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The bill unveiled yesterday, however, goes farther by removing the word ‘navigable’ from the Clean Water Act. If the word ‘navigable’ is deleted from the law, any farm pond or ditch would be at the mercy of federal regulations. This vague and overreaching amendment to the Clean Water Act is unacceptable to America’s farm and ranch families.”

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