The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding Clean Water Rule proposal released earlier today by Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
“Illinois farmers and landowners want clean water and clear rules. This new common-sense water rule protects water quality and gives them clear rules they can follow.
“As a farmer, I should be able to look at my land and know what is and is not a Water of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act. The previous regulatory patchwork created uncertainty; this proposal establishes national consistency.
“Farm Bureau supports common-sense regulations that protect and improve water quality on our nation’s farms and ranches. We applaud the administration for addressing farmers’ concerns regarding regulatory overreach.”
Director of Issue Management
Illinois Farm Bureau