A Win for Michigan Farmers

February 28, 2017
Press Release

Today, the Trump Administration announced it would begin the process of eliminating the Waters of the U.S. rule that was finalized by the EPA in 2015. The rule has always been strongly opposed by farmers, including those in Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District.

Congressman John Moolenaar has fought against the law in Congress and voted to overturn it in 2015. He released the following statement.

“I promised to fight this EPA regulation when I first ran to serve the people of mid and northern Michigan, and today’s decision is a victory for individual property rights and the 15,000 farmers of my district. It is encouraging to see the Trump Administration side with the hardworking farmers on this issue. The final rule from bureaucrats at the EPA went too far, and it could have resulted in agents coming to farmers’ fields to regulate mud puddles and ditches. Farmers are our country’s best conservationists because their well-being depends on the land for a bountiful harvest. 

“By withdrawing this regulation, the EPA will be better able to focus on its core mission of ensuring clean water and protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species.”