CARLSBAD CURRENT ARGUS: Opinion: Clean water, clear rules

The 2015 rule was confusing and required landowners to consult with federal agencies about farming their own land. This lack of clarity is why it was never fully implemented.

Several states had sued, and won, to have the rule blocked. WOTUS left every ditch, arroyo and playa under the control of the federal government, even when they were dry.

Farmers and ranchers care about clean water. It grows our crops, provides grass for cattle and makes it possible for you to “shop local” at your near-by farmers market.

Because we want to pass our farms and ranches down to our children and grand-children, we have a vested interest in preserving and protecting all of our natural resources. That’s why we support clear rules that will protect the quality of water in our state.

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