STATEMENT: Repeal of 2015 WOTUS rule
The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening:
“The Waters of the U.S. rule, as conceived in 2015, was arbitrary, overreaching and unnecessary. After studying it in detail, Texas Farm Bureau was convinced that many normal and environmentally-sound farming practices would be difficult or impossible.
“Farmers and ranchers remain committed to clean water and sustainable farming practices. We do not, however, need the federal government to exercise an arbitrary veto over basic farming decisions.
“We expect that EPA will formulate a new rule. We look forward to participating in that process, working with the Trump administration and all stakeholders in clean water rules and law. Texas farm and ranch families are devoted to clean water for all, including water supplies on their own land. The new rule can be achieved without crippling, arbitrary fines or measures that will make it almost impossible to conduct agricultural enterprises.”