Fresh clean water is essential to life. I support the Environmental Protection Agency in its endeavors to provide Americans with clean water. Last year, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a stay of execution for the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule contained within the Clean Water Act. The WOTUS rule has been deemed too restrictive to farmers, in that some three inches of water in puddles are considered navigable waters according to the rule. According to the Federal Court Stay, congress is in support of judicial review of the rule and supports judicial jurisdiction in the matter (page 6 paragraph 2)
One of the statements in the summary of the CWA suggests the law is ambitious in its pursuit. I agree whole heartedly! Some of the statements go far beyond the boundaries of the United States suggesting Congress enforce water protection on an international level and maintain that other countries subscribe to the same standards of clean water the United States describes. It is also interesting that congress has given federal courts jurisdiction in the matter of the WOTUS rule, as Congress may appoint an "administrator" according to page 4 letter (d).
What does all this mean?
It means Congress gave Federal Courts the Authority and Jurisdiction to handle the WOTUS rule.
Farmers and Ranhcers can contact the Department of Agriculture to talk about digging a pond for irrigation purposes.
We all should be concerned more about pollution going into our rivers than three inch puddles. The Environmental Protection Agency has a duty to help control pollution which damaging ecosystems. There are bigger problems on the agenda of the EPA than stepping onto an honest man's land and seizing control of something which will evaporate in a few hours or a couple of days after a rain. Climate Change is an example of one of the bigger problems. I hope you will stand with me on protecting our environment for generations to enjoy.