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Mixed view provided at the Waters of the American Roundtable


Mixed view provided at the Waters of the American Roundtable

Stakeholders shared their dissenting views at a roundtable on the implementation of the latest Midwestern Waters rules.

Ray Gaeser, a farmer in Iowa, said expanding the definition of waters in the United States could make it more difficult for farmers to continue to improve their water quality. He states: “Having a regulatory body that oversees the whole country and tries to create rules that suit everyone doesn’t work. It’s best for the country, taking into account state opinions and regional changes. You need to balance between. “

Gaesser says farmers are working to improve water quality without additional restrictions. “Ten years ago, Iowa had 10,000 acres of covered crops. Today, it counts over 1.7 million acres. More than three-quarters of Iowa’s acreage is conservative tillage. Farmers use precision farming techniques to help apply fertilizers and chemicals within an inch of where they are needed, at the right speed and time to minimize runoff. is.”

Megan Dwyer, an Illinois farmer, is responsible for the conservation and nutritional management of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, saying that expanding the range of WOTUS work sites will not solve the problem. “Farmers need clarity and certainty in every rule, but more than that, they are practical and rational to implement conservation practices, conserve infrastructure and ensure the protection of truly navigable waters. Strategy is needed. “

Dwyer says $ 27 million has been invested in Illinois’s conservation adoption. She also says that protecting water is a shared responsibility between state and federal governments, and that this relationship and its boundaries need to be respected. She encouraged the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to work with farmers to work on real-world solutions.

One of the many who support the change in WOTUS rules is Linwood of Zack Pistra, a small farmer in Kansas and a lobbyist of the Sierra Club. He hopes this rule will help reduce E. coli and nutrient contamination in the water.

Panelists did not agree to regulate part-time streams, and some want more federal government and less state control of waterways.

An additional roundtable on the implementation of the WOTUS Regulations is planned, but the deadline for accepting additional hearing testimony has already passed.

Mixed view provided at the Waters of the American Roundtable Mixed view provided at the Waters of the American Roundtable

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