The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules intended to clarify and expand its mandate to regulate small streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains, according to The Washington Post. The agency administrator has said that the expansion of regulations to monitor and regulate water would not be significant. The feedback from many businesses, cattle ranchers and from the American Farm Bureau reflects that they feel differently.
There is no question that more attention needs to be paid to protecting our waterways. The American Farm Bureau said that if the rules are adopted, it could lead to the EPA requiring their permission before spraying pesticides, building fences, or possibly even planting crops.
To the idea of their being more restrictions on the use of pesticides, we say YES! See the post in this blog called
DEVELOPMENTAL RISK TO CHILDREN SHOWN IN PESTICIDE PRE-NATAL STUDY, posted on April 23rd, 2014.
The hope is that the rules can be created to actually protect our waterways and reduce all of our exposure to chemicals shown to be harmful. We also hope that the regulations and implementation can be created in a way that is manageable. The idea however, that private owners and builders should be able to do whatever they want with water that runs through their land is no longer a reasonable stand. Water belongs to everyone. Our water is under attack. It needs to be defended.
We’re business people too. There are some regulations that are appropriate.