Fewer streams to be covered under new WOTUS rule

News Type: Federal Source: AgriPulse
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Many areas covered by the Obama administration’s “waters of the U.S.” rule would be removed from federal oversight under a proposal released today by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

EPA and the Corps propose to remove ephemeral streams – those that flow when the rain falls – from federal jurisdiction. In a change sure to be welcomed by the ag industry, the proposal also would exclude ditches from regulation unless they contribute flow to a perennial or intermittent stream.

Intermittent streams, according to archived information on EPA’s website, “flow during certain times of the year when smaller upstream waters are flowing and when groundwater provides enough water for stream flow.”