By Jerry Lindquist MSUE Grazing and Crop Management Educator OSCEOLA COUNTY \u2014 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are publishing a proposed rule defining what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule is in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. According to the EPA, the proposal is intended to enhance protection for the nation\u2019s public health and aquatic resources, and increase the Clean Water Act program predictability and consistency by improving clarity. Further details can be found at epa.gov\/uswaters. The public-comment period ends on Monday, Oct. 20. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, a forum will be held to inform rural landowners and farmers on the EPA\u2019s \u201cWaters of the U.S.\u201d proposed rules. EPA Region Five Water Division Director Tinka Hyde will speak on the proposal at the Osceola County Sheriff\u2019s Posse Headquarters, at 21940 Six Mile Road, in Reed City. Hyde will focus on how the proposed ruling would affect farmers and rural landowners in Michigan. Laura Campbell, Michigan Farm Bureau\u2019s agricultural ecology specialist, also will speak at the meeting. Campbell will highlight agriculture\u2019s concerns with the \u201cWater of the U.S.\u201d ruling. The meeting is sponsored by the Osceola County Farm Bureau and Michigan State University Extension. There is no charge to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Jerry Lindquist at (231) 832-6139.