Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army announced the intent to establish a new definition of “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS.
LaMalfa said, “As we fight drought in the West, the Biden administration is returning to the type of micro-managing regulations where every puddle and man-made irrigation or drainage ditch goes back under the thumb of the federal government. Regressing to previous WOTUS policy would be a disaster for agriculture, timber and all families whose lives depend on natural resources and the products they become that we use in everyday life. In reigniting Obama’s war on the West and the productive Americans who feed, clothe, and house the people, the Biden administration reveals it has no clue how food, fiber, and material are actually made and delivered in America. This policy will only result in lost domestic jobs and industry, more foreign imports, a less reliable supply chain of usable goods, and higher costs to our citizens. This burden will fall on all working Americans and their families.”
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