EPA Regional Water Division director to discuss U.S. waters

By Jerry Lindquist

MSUE Grazing and Crop Management Educator

OSCEOLA COUNTY — 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’s 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’s “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rules. EPA Region Five Water Division Director Tinka Hyde will speak on the proposal at the Osceola County Sheriff’s 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’s agricultural ecology specialist, also will speak at the meeting. Campbell will highlight agriculture’s concerns with the “Water of the U.S.” 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.