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Ken Buck Praises WOTUS Repeal

June 27, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ken Buck praised the Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal former President Obama’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The rule, finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, created an over-broad classification of waters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. In expanding the definition of Waters of the U.S., the rule would have given the federal government expanded control of local water resources, potentially violating the private property rights of local farmers and ranchers.

“I applaud the administration’s decision to roll back this overreaching WOTUS rule,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “Farmers and ranchers across Colorado will now be free from Washington bureaucrats who want to regulate every small body of water on their private property.”

Congressman Buck is encouraged by the administration’s plan to rewrite the WOTUS rule and encourages the EPA to empower states and local stakeholders in determining how to regulate water resources, instead of Washington officials.