President Trump inked another executive order Tuesday – this one that among other things puts a former Obama administration rule on hold that some believe allowed the federal government to regulate ditches. The order actually attempts to ditch the federal E-P-A’s infamous ‘Waters of the U-S’ rule that has riled many farmers and other landowners;
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert welcomed the news. The Ellis Grove farmer, several other farmers in Illinois -- and around the country -- have fought the rule ever since E-P-A and the Army Corps of Engineers established it in 2015;
The federal E-P-A has maintained the rule more clearly defines which waters fall under federal jurisdiction and helps protect water. Farm Bureau and some other groups say the rule expands the agency’s jurisdiction beyond what Congress intended in the federal Clean Water Act and only adds confusion.