NDGGA President Responds to 'WOTUS' Repeal
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/16/2019
North Dakota Grain Growers Association (NDGGA) President Jeff Mertz issued a response to last week's announcement by the EPA and the Department of the Army that the 2015 rule expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under
the Clean Water Act will be repealed.
Mertz said the rule is a prime example of government overreach.
"Water management issues have been a main focus for the NDGGA for years," Mertz said. "WOTUS has had a negative impact on North Dakota agriculture, particularly in the prairie pothole region. It would have hindered farmers' abilities to make land
improvements with water management tools so we're glad to see it will be repealed."
Mertz added that despite the positive news, the work towards practical water management regulations is still ongoing. "This is a step in the right direction, but we will continue to meet with legislators and top policy makers in Washington to fight for regulations
that support both the sustainability of our environment and the success of North Dakota farmers," he said.
NDGGA is a collection of wheat and barley producers and agricultural leaders from across the state. The organization has been serving its members with proactive advocacy, research, representation and education since 1967.