With this looming deadline, we need to “flood the phone lines” of our Senators’ offices asking them to support legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their rule and head back to the drawing board to draft a rule that actually works.
Please take a minute to participate in the “WOTUS District Office Call Day" on Thursday, August 27. Call our Senator District Offices and post a message to their social media pages.
Senator Franken: 651-221-1016, @alfranken
Senator Klobuchar: 612-727-5220, @amyklobuchar
Share the message that the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule does not have support from agriculture OR from the EPA's co-regulator (the Army Corps of Engineers).
What to Say
Remember, you do not have to be an expert on this issue to call the Senators' offices. You just have to express your concern for the rule for your farm. Below is a sample script for you to use.
Hello. My name is _____. I am a constituent and my address is _____.
I am calling to let Senator ________ know that the EPA rule on Waters of the United States goes into effect tomorrow, August 28. New information has been released that show the Army Corps of Engineers believes this rule is "legally vulnerable, difficult to defend in court, difficult for the Corps to explain or justify and challenging for the Corps to implement."
In light of the serious concerns the Corps has raised, and the fact that there is still a huge amount of confusion and uncertainty within the regulated community, we ask that the rule be withdrawn and re-proposed. Please support the bipartisan bill S. 1140, and urge the EPA to listen to their co-regulator, the Army Corps of Engineers about the serious flaws in this regulation.
I hope farmers and other landowners can count on Senator ____'s support of agriculture and "Ditch the Rule."
What to Tweet
@______ What is and what isn't under EPA regulation on my farm? Help us #DitchTheRule and the uncertainty.
You Can Still Email Too
In addition to calling and social media, it is not too late to send an email to the Senators via the Action Alert page.
For more information on WOTUS in the words of the Army Corps of Engineers, click here.
For information on what land features could be considered jurisdictional and what common farming practices may trigger Clean Water Act liability, click here.