Replacing the 2015 WOTUS Rule

Despite a court ruling that brought the 2015 WOTUS rule into force in 22 states, NCBA continues fighting the 2015 WOTUS rule in federal courts while advocating in DC for a replacement that works for cattle producers. The Trump Administration proposed a new water rule but more work remains to end the 2015 WOTUS rule once and for all. 

The Trump Administration's new water rule would:

  • Protect the private property rights of American cattle producers; 
  • Provide safeguards for America’s waters; 
  • Observe the appropriate role of the federal government in regulating waterways; 
  • Restore state and local authority to protect waters; and
  • Respect Congress’s intent in limiting jurisdiction to “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act.

Additional Resources

News Release: NCBA statement on the Trump Administration's new water rule. 

Beltway Beef Podcast: NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager discusses a potential Supreme Court case on the 2015 WOTUS rule. 

Official Comments: Comments from NCBA and the Public Lands Council supporting the repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule. 

WOTUS Conservation Image

We all thought the 2015 Waters of the U.S. regulation was dead for good, but a recent court decision has brought it back to life in 22 states. NCBA is leading the charge against this Zombie WOTUS in the courts, on Capitol Hill, and at EPA.