Clean water is a necessity and something that we should all be concerned about.
But there’s also this idea of balance and having enough balance in our lives and in our government that economies and business systems can continue to function.
In the opinion of many farmers, balance is very nearly completely lost. Corn farmers are attacked for starving people. Corn farmers are attacked for making children obese. And that’s just one example.
The original purpose of the Clean Water Act was to eliminate large industries from discharging pollutants into local rivers and lakes. But when you remove the word “navigable” from the law, the EPA is now able to regulate every single body of water in the U.S.
This means, not only can they regulate the Mississippi River, but also the the water coming from your gutters and your downspouts.
Not only can they regulate Lake Michigan, but also the water draining from your yard and down the street.
Does this feel balanced?
Farmers are concerned about the EPA’s overreach to grab more authority and power. As small communities and homeowners are treating lawns and golf courses, they may be subject to new water and discharge regulations that can cost additional money. These changes impact farmers in much the same way.
And another concern – how is the EPA actually going to regulate each individual body of water all over the U.S.? Isn’t that going to require a lot of time and a lot of money? Aren’t both of those in relatively high demand?
If you’d like to read more about the EPA’s proposed rule to alter the Clean Water Act and grab more authority over every single cluster of water droplets in the U.S., click here.