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If you live in rural America, odds are that hearing the phrase “waters of the United States” – more commonly known as WOTUS – gives you some unease.
We don’t blame you. For years, farmers, ranchers, small business owners, landowners and families throughout rural America have faced the possibility of thousands of dollars in fines per day from the federal government in an egregious example of government overreach.
In 2015, the Obama-Biden administration enacted a WOTUS rule that essentially gave the federal government jurisdiction over every body of water in the country, including streams and ditches.
Now, the Biden administration is back with a new WOTUS rule that will create more uncertainty and condemn communities across the country to regulatory limbo.
Environmentalists say the Wyoming’s waterways are being polluted by runoff from ranches. (AP)
Congressional Western Caucus members have fought back against this mandate by working to uphold the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and by joining over 200 House Republicans in rejecting the current expansive rulemaking, especially before the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case that would directly impact this very issue.