Clean Water Act Under Scrutiny By Nebraska Delegation

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Nebraska's congressional contingent came together today at the "Strategic Air and Space Museum" to talk about changes in the "Clean Water Act."

Elected officials from Nebraska call it "over-reach". They're contention is that the e-p-a could - in theory - regulate **all** water runoff. That would mean counties may need permission to clean out a ditch after a storm or homeowners would need a waiver to fertilize their yard.

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns said, " They've chosen to use very broad, open-ended language that literally could be interpreted in so many different ways. Quite honestly, they don't have a lot of credibility with me. I don't trust them."

The E-P-A is currently accepting "public comment" on the proposed rule through October.

The agency maintains these changes **do not** expand jurisdiction over ditches or regulate groundwater.

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