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2015 WOTUS Rule Officially Repealed

Dan Water

The 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule was officially repealed last week. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now take the next step in a definition clarification and revivision. AgNet Media’s Danielle Leal has the report.

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Biosolids Produce Less Nitrogen and Phosphorus Runoff than Inorganic Fertilizer

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Research, Soil, Water

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS-September 17, 2019) — New research from University of Florida scientists found that some nutrients from inorganic fertilizers enter surface water more easily than those from biosolids. Maria Silveira, a professor in the UF/IFAS department of soil and water sciences, led the study that collected runoff from a common pasture grass to determine its nitrogen and phosphorus content. …

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Industry Responds to EPA WOTUS Announcement

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Water

(Washington, D.C. (USDA-September 12, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking another step to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Repealing the WOTUS rule is a major win for American agriculture. The extreme overreach from the past Administration had government taking …

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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Dan USDA-NRCS, Water

With Hurricane Dorian working its way up the Eastern Coast, and the fact we are nearing the peak of the 2019 Hurricane Season, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind landowners should your area suffer damage from a natural disaster, their Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) can help relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by not …

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NCBA on WOTUS Legal Victory

Dan Cattle, Environment, Water

Earlier this month, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the introduction of the Define WOTUS Act. In other news concerning the Waters of the U.S., NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager discusses a significant legal victory. Yager says there are currently 27 states that have an injunction against the 2015 rule, but the other states still have the rule …

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Glades Sugarcane Farmers Continue Water Quality Success

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Water

Recently, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced that once again, sugarcane and vegetable farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) surpassed annual phosphorus reduction targets by reducing phosphorus 44 percent – bringing the average annual reduction to 56 percent since the program began in 1996. “Good news on water gets lost in the shuffle, but sugarcane farmers continue …

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Redefine WOTUS

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(NAFB) — Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Braun of Indiana introduced the Define WOTUS Act last week. Feedstuffs Dot Com says the legislation will codify a definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule and reassert Congressional authority to define the term. Ernst says the Obama-era rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the …

NCBA Applauds Introduction of the Define WOTUS Act

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Water

WASHINGTON (NCBA) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Colin Woodall released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Define WOTUS Act by U.S. Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana and Joni Ernst of Iowa: “America’s cattle producers welcome the introduction of the Define WOTUS Act. The Trump Administration is working hard to repeal …

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Farm Bureau Welcomes Progress on Water Rule Changes

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(AFBF) — The following statement regarding repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The Administration has moved its effort to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule to the Office of Management and Budget, the last step before formal issuance. This is good news …

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Ranch Rim Ditches Debated at South Florida Water Management Meeting

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Lake Okeechobee, Water

Thanks to south Florida ag news colleague Katrina Elskin at Lake Okeechobee News for this recap of this week’s South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meeting in West Palm Beach. WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop …