Time is running out for Texas landowners to let the Environmental Protection Agency know it’s time to “Ditch the Rule.” The nationwide campaign started shortly after the EPA announced its proposed changes to the Clean Water Act.
“The EPA wants to take the word ‘navigable’ out of the Waters of the U.S. definition,” Zack Yanta, Karnes County Farm Bureau President, said. “Allowing the agency to expand their regulations will give them unlimited power over all waters— including ditches, ponds and areas that occasionally flood.”
According to Zack, expanding the scope of the EPA’s powers could have a negative impact on Karnes County landowners. “If the EPA is allowed to regulate all bodies of water, including ditches and ponds, they can tell people how to use and work their land,” Zack said. “They’ll be able to require permits for things people do every day. If a permit isn’t granted, we’ll be unable to work our own land or face fines for doing so anyway.”
Landowners are encouraged to talk to their legislators about the rule proposal before it’s too late. Additional information on Ditch the Rule and the rule itself can be found at DitchTheRule.FB.org.