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."
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 394,742 and a voting membership of 78,999. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
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