New definitions have been put in place as part of the “WOTUS” rule by the EPA under the Trump administration.
The president announced Sunday at Farm Bureau’s annual convention, the updated, finalized Waters of the U.S. rule would provide a more limited definition of which waterways are subject to federal regulation. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri applauded the rollback of the previous rule from 2015.
Trump called the former rule “one of the most ridiculous regulations of all.” The new rule eliminates federal control of steams resulting from rainfall or snowmelt, and restricts federal control to navigable waters, tributaries to those waters, lakes, ponds, and wetlands adjacent to those waters.
Opponents of the new rule argue it will introduce substantial new risks to human and environmental health.