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News Release: Repeal of WOTUS Rule a Victory for Clean Water, Clear Rules

Repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is a victory for clean water and clear rules, according to the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

“As farmers and ranchers, we share the goal of protecting the nation’s water, but the 2015 Waters of the United States rule was unreasonable and unworkable,” said Randy Veach, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “It made conservation more difficult and created huge liabilities for farmers.”

The administration’s repeal announcement follows a multi-year effort by the American Farm Bureau, ArFB and other state Farm Bureaus and an array of allies to raise awareness of overreaching provisions of the rule.  

 “No regulation is perfect, and no rule can accommodate every concern, but the 2015 rule was especially egregious,” Veach said. “We are relieved to put it behind us. We are now working to ensure a fair and reasonable substitute that protects our water and our ability to work and care for the land.”

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 member families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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Steve Eddington                                                           
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Rob Anderson
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