WV Farm Bureau Magazine November 2014 - Page 27

Working Together Proves Beneficial for Farmers, Politicians Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Every farmer in this great state knows the importance of water. Whether the farmer raises livestock or crops, he needs clean water for anything to grow. But what farmers don’t need are more regulations from an overzealous Environmental Protection Agency that require farm ponds, ditches and gullies to adhere to the same strict water standards as navigable rivers, wetlands and major lakes. In October, I helped to write a comment letter along with 10 other state attorneys general and six governors challenging proposed regulations that would redefine what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency consider to be “Waters of the United States.” We have called on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to reverse course on the proposed definition and replace it with a narrow, common-sense alternative that provides farmers with a clearer understanding of when they must seek permits under the Clean Water Act. It is time for the EPA to “Ditch the Rule.” In addition to ditching this rule, I am also urging the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to visit states to better understand the implications of their proposed rules. Sadly, whether the issue involves “waters of the United States” or the p ɽ