Reading the NYT, you would think the Trump Administration is taking away our clean water.
Via NY Post.
“Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections,” ran The New York Times headline on the repeal of Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency rulemaking. Don’t buy the hype: Team Trump’s move wasn’t a blow against clean water but a win for basic justice.
All the pre-Obama protections of the water supply remain in effect. This simply undoes a move that gave EPA jurisdiction over vast amounts of dry land, in clear violation of Congress’ intent.
By adding terms such as “adjacent waters” and “tributaries” to Clean Water Act coverage, the move empowered EPA officials to grab power over seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches and even “connective” dry lands that can turn into “shallow wetlands” when it rains….
That’s created massive uncertainty for farmers, ranchers, real-estate developers and pretty much anyone who owns more than an acre of land….
And the feds aren’t shy about imposing multimillion-dollar fines on farmers just for plowing fields that turn out to contain “seasonal wetlands.”….