Myth Busting about Clean Water Protection

The National Farmers Union continues to address myths about the common-sense clean water rules while a diverse coalition including sportsmen, small businesses, evangelicals, and agricultural groups are working to spread the word.

Factsheet HERE Phony Objections to Clean Water Protection Rule: Myths and Facts about Agriculture and the Proposal, Switchboard – “…I'm going to explain here how agriculture will be affected by a new proposed rule from EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to protect streams, wetlands, and other water bodies under the Clean Water Act. The short answer -- there's nothing to see here, and the industrial opponents’ claims to the contrary are either mistaken or disingenuous…”

Guest opinion: EPA seeks clearer clean water rules, Billings Gazette – “Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule that will make the protection of water resources more clear and consistent, and easier for businesses that need permits. This long-awaited rule is good news for Montana…The stakes are particularly high in Montana, where more than 300,000 miles of intermittent and ephemeral streams represent about 83 percent of all the stream miles in the state. These high-quality headwaters and streams provide our drinking water, support fisheries and sustain our communities. We can’t afford to have the status of these waters compromised by confusion…”

Hunters, fishermen standing up for our NC streams, Raleigh News Observer – “It’s spring in North Carolina, and that means many of the state’s sportsmen are heading into the woods in search of turkey while anglers are planning their first fishing trips. We count ourselves among them and are eager to head to a small mountain stream to track down native Brook trout. As we prepare for our first trips, however, anglers and hunters in North Carolina and across the country should know the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have recently proposed a rule that will restore the protections of the Clean Water Act to some of our most important fish and game habitat. Many of the small headwater streams we’re eager to fish may flow only parts of the year, such as the spring and fall, yet they are incredibly important spawning habitat for native brook trout and other species. Even for those who prefer to fish larger rivers, protecting these small headwaters means better water quality downstream for other anglers and even municipal water supplies. Water that starts its cascade in a brook trout stream ends up in the taps of thousands of North Carolinians’ homes…”

EPA Wetlands Rule Makes Fiscal Sense, Roll Call – “The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced a proposed rule to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act as it relates to wetlands and other important watershed features… Before my fellow Republicans start down the path of trying to block this rule, there are a few considerations that, in the interest of prudence and fiscal sanity, they should be mindful of. First of all, this rule does not break new ground. For more than 30 years the Clean Water Act was clearly interpreted by Congress, the courts and the administrations of every president since its enactment, to include all of our nation’s important surface waters. Even with that clear understanding by the agencies charged with administering the law, the nation still lost wetlands at a rate of 60,000 acres per year. Since Rapanos, the rate of wetlands loss has averaged more than 80,000 acres per year. Secondly, the notion that this proposed rule infringes on private property rights and represents some kind of “land grab” just doesn’t hold water. The Clean Water Act protects people’s rights and their property.

Broad Support for Clean Water Protection Rule: Farmers and Small Business Owners, Switchboard – “In March, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new Clean Water Protection Rule, an action that will restore clear protections to many small streams and wetlands that clearly are covered under the Clean Water Act…Despite objections from big polluters and their allies and Congress, public support for the Clean Water Protection Rule is clear and growing. There’s a simple reason for that. The proposed rule—officially known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule-- does not broaden the law’s historic coverage, but would be a significant step towards returning the Act to its original purpose—to protect clean water in streams, wetlands, and other bodies for healthy drinking water, a strong economy and recreational benefits for everyone…”

Take a look at EPA’s factsheet about Waters of the U.S.