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Statement by Steve Nelson, on Behalf of Common Sense Nebraska Coalition, Regarding New Clean Water Rule Proposal

LINCOLN, NEB. “We are pleased by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) actions to propose a new Clean Water Rule to replace the 2015, Waters of the U.S., (WOTUS) Rule.”

“Our coalition partners are committed to protecting the land and water resources under our stewardship, however, the 2015 WOTUS Rule was not about clean water, but instead about a massive expansion of federal authority over private lands and infringement upon individual property rights.”

“We thank President Trump for following through on his promise to address this important issue and we appreciate the EPA and CORPS for working with agriculture and numerous other interests to gather input and feedback to work towards a better proposal.”

“Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is also to be commended for his ongoing efforts to protect Nebraska’s interests throughout this process, paving a way for us to get to this point.”

“Our coalition partners want a rule that provides a framework for clean water protection, but also clearly identifies waters subject to federal jurisdiction. We believe the EPA and CORPS have moved in the right direction with this new proposal on those fronts. We look forward to further evaluation and providing feedback to the agencies during the public comment period.”

Common Sense Nebraska Coalition members include:

  • Nebraska Club Management Association
  • Association of General Contractors – NE Chapter
  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses/Nebraska
  • Nebraska Agribusiness Association
  • Nebraska Association of County Officials
  • Nebraska Association of Resource Districts
  • Nebraska Bankers Association
  • Nebraska Cattlemen
  • Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Nebraska Cooperative Council
  • Nebraska Corn Board
  • Nebraska Corn Growers Association
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
  • Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Nebraska Grain and Feed Association
  • Nebraska Grain Sorghum Association
  • Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board
  • Nebraska Pork Producers Association
  • Nebraska Poultry Industries
  • Nebraska Rural Electric Association
  • Nebraska Soybean Association
  • Nebraska State Dairy Association
  • Nebraska State Home Builders Association
  • Nebraska State Irrigation Association
  • Nebraska Water Resources Association
  • Nebraska Wheat Board
  • Nebraska Wheat Growers Association
  • Nemaha Natural Resources District
  • Pawnee County Rural Water District #1

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