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Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:58 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 12/17/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
No upcoming meetings or hearings.
Clean Water Rule Changing?
Last year the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) was asked by President Trump's administration to begin the long process of repealing the Clean Water Rule, which was part of former President Obama’s era. The idea to repeal the Clean Water Rule was to replace it with a more direct plan from the Trump administration.
The proposed change hopes to add some definition to what is federally-protected waterways versus state-protected waterways. The clearer definition is envisioned to make it easier for landowners who wish to do work on their land to figure out if they will need permits and engineer plans or not. Many landowner and agricultural groups are in favor of this EPA regulatory change, as many of them felt the previous rule was an “overstepping of power”.
Many environmental protection groups, however, fear the proposed change could have damaging effects to currently protected federal waterways. If the current federal rule was to change, it is estimated that 18 percent of streams and over 50 percent of wetlands could lose their federal protection status.
We all know that change doesn’t come easy or overnight with matters like these. The proposed changes to the current Clean Water Rule will not come easy or fast. There are multiple federal agencies that will have to agree to the change. There will also have to be some new scientific research done to support the change before any long-term considerations are made. This has been a hot topic for landowners and agricultural people from across the United States. This decision can have huge impacts on farmers who depend on agriculture for much of their revenues. For more reading on this subject, click on link.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of December 10 – December 14:
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist