Last week 200 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh asking them to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
The letter outlines concerns over the negative impact the rule could have on farms.
EPA says exemptions in the rule will protect farmers alongside exceptions for 56 specific conservation practices. The new rule is intended to give EPA stronger jurisdiction over bodies of water.
But it’s been a tough sell for agriculture, more than 80 organizations are lending support to block the proposed rule, and two weeks ago the American Farm Bureau introduced its “Ditch the Rule” effort.