VERONA, N.Y. — Farmers could soon face some new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Both agencies are working to expand the term ‘navigable waters’ in the Clean Water Act.
Congressman Richard Hanna says this proposed rule would give the federal government control over most forms of standing water including ditches, natural or man-made ponds, flood plains, and prairie pools.
Hanna says farmers don’t need any more regulations and they agree their jobs are difficult enough.
“Around this area, the southern part of Oneida County, there’s a lot of clay so on my fields when it rains, there’ll be standing water for a couple days before it dries up. But I shouldn’t have to go get a permit just to do some weed control or drive my tractor across it. It’s a bit ridiculous,” said Oneida County Farm Bureau President Jake Schieferstine.
Hanna has joined with more than 230 U.S Representatives in asking the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the proposal.