President Trump Ends WOTUS Overreach in a Win for Tennessee’s Farmers

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, replacing the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and ending years of confusion, litigation, and federal overreach impacting farmers in Tennessee and across our Nation.

Green said, “This is one more instance of promises made, promises kept by President Trump. This President has been working tirelessly to roll back red tape in Washington, and the EPA’s action to replace the egregious WOTUS rule puts Tennessee back in charge of our land and water resources.”

“The Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule was a patent attempt to expand the powers of the federal government and override state water laws and private water rights, threatening the resources of Tennessee’s hard working farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers,” said Green.

“Thanks to President Trump, this new Navigable Waters Protection Rule will protect our Nation’s resources by clearly defining what is and isn't ‘navigable water’. Now, Tennessee’s farmers can focus on providing the commodities Americans rely on every day—instead of worrying about Washington bureaucrats trying to regulate every creek and stream on their private property.”