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NWF Water Jun 12
Replying to @SenatorCarper
Thank you for pointing out that >50% of our wetlands and up to 70% of our nation's streams could lose vital protections. "The Clean Water Act will not apply to water removed under the Trump rule. Think about that."
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Here's an interesting point from ND Ag Commissioner... he says he doesn't understand "all the discussion about this definition" because "states have to maintain the law of the land and the law of the land is the Clean Water Act." No acknowledgement that limits CWA
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Cardin is advocating that Congress reopen the Clean Water Act to write a new definition. He says now is the perfect time to find consensus because House is controlled by Dems and Senate is controlled by Repubs.
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Ariel Wittenberg 9h
Starting the last leg of my tour today in Colorado. After a week in the desert, I swear you can smell the green here.
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Carper responds that this is something he wants to "Drill down on and find out if indeed it is true that the Clean Water Act will not apply to waters removed under the Trump rule. We need to know that and we know that with certainty."
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Merkley says he asks Ore. Farmers if they've ever had issues with and hasn't heard about any. Lists exemptions for farmers in CWA and blames national Farm Bureau for "elaborating on a set of fears in a political context."
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Ernst sets her sites on clarifying ditches and putting minimum flow limits on intermittent streams, asking Farm Bureau witness whether there would be "challenges" in trying to enforce as written due to confusion between intermittent and ephemeral streams
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Which... they could be under Trump . Only 30 states have inland dredge and fill programs protecting wetlands. Altho it's worth recognizing that the Clean Water Act doesn't outlaw damage to wetlands, just requires a permit and mitigation.
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Carper plays hardball with R witnesses--asks how farmers would cope if ephemeral stream running thru their property became polluted with PFAs or other chemicals. How many farmers would have other alternative water sources for crops/livestock and would that cost less than ?
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Freshwater Science 9h
New opinion that the proposed changes to Waters of the US Rule flout sound science in PNAS by et al. Check our resources pages for this and more
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Joni Ernst Jun 13
Obama’s rule gave the federal gov’t authority to regulate water on 97% of the land in Iowa. I fought hard to get that rule scrapped; & thankfully the Trump Admin has proposed a new rule to provide certainty. , I pressed ag leaders on how it can be improved:
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Annnd we're back. When we left off, Chair Barrasso was telling a Pima County, AZ witness concerned that AZ has no water protections that AZ's Gov supports Trump and is open to changing state law
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
ND ag commissioner responds: "Even if it's waters of the state, we make sure that we are adhering to the Clean Water Act." Should be noted, however, that North Dakota does NOT have its own dredge and fill regulatory program. So no 404 if Trump goes through.
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GCSAA 7h
Last week & held a briefing on ’s new rule. Thanks to & for entering letters into the record from + in support of the new rule. Learn more:
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Adam Pugh Jun 12
.'s line of questioning on is dead on... States have their own laws regarding clean water and are better at enforcing those laws. This is where plays a role.
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Real WOTUS (they/them/ours) Jun 15
Sue the government. solidarity with Waters of First Nations.
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
I may be biased by nerdiness, but this is one of the best hearings I've ever covered. People are actually engaging with each other rather than repeating themselves with every question.
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meg Jun 12
Clarity from keynote speaker Dr. James White at Next Generation Water Summit
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Ariel Wittenberg Jun 12
Replying to @ArielWittenberg
Interesting. Commissioner of ND Ag Dep is asking admin to consider adding in "physical indicators" (like bed, banks, ordinary high water mark) to "confusing" Trump . That's a controversial point among farm stakeholders. Farm Bureau, for example, urged not adding those terms
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Amena H. Saiyid آمنہ سیّد Jun 12
Republican and Democrats agree: we all want clean water. The big challenge is how either side views the role of federal government in assuring waters and wetlands remain clean.
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