WOTUS Takes Effect!

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On August 28, 2015, the new rule recently issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defining “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) officially go into effect. The rule expands federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over many landscape features found on private lands— including farm, ranch and forest lands across the nation. As a result, many essential and commonplace farming, ranching and forestry practices may now result in “discharges” of “pollutants” into WOTUS that require a CWA permit. Unauthorized discharges to WOTUS will be a violation of federal law, subject to large potential penalties in enforcement by the government or private citizens. This document provides information to help farmers and ranchers understand which features on their lands may be WOTUS, which activities may cause a violation of the law and where to go for help.

Click below to access the document and see how WOTUS will effect your farm!

AFBF What’s WOTUS On My Farm?