News Release

Signatures needed: Help ditch the WOTUS rule

August 15, 2017  • Public Policy

Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency you support the repeal of its 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule! Visit your county Farm Bureau office to sign the petition. Your signature will support step one of a two-step process to repeal and return the rule to its pre-2015 language.

Finalized in August 2015, the WOTUS rule granted regulatory control to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over virtually all waters, no matter how small or seemingly unconnected. The agencies could have regulated any low spot where rainwater collects, including common farm ditches, ephemeral drainages, agricultural ponds and isolated wetlands in and near farms and ranches. The rule would have given the agencies new authority to regulate land use. 

A two-step process will rectify the 2015 WOTUS rule:

Step One. This proposed rule, which is the subject of the petition, follows a presidential executive order to return the WOTUS to its pre-2015 language. 

Step Two. In step two, the agencies will begin deliberations and outreach to citizens regarding a re-evaluation and revision of the definition of “Waters of the United States.” Step two is not part of this rulemaking.

Your signature on the petition says you support step one, rescinding and returning the 2015 WOTUS rule to what it was prior to 2015.

For additional information contact Marla Peek at 405-523-2437 or