Clean Water, Clear Rules

Clean Water, Clear Rules

Water is precious in our arid state and New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers go to great lengths to conserve this vital resource. We line ditches with concrete to prevent water loss, decrease evaporation by using drip tape so that water is applied directly at the roots and ranchers routinely dredge dirt tanks to prevent water loss to weeds or seepage.  We realize the value of protecting water.  That’s why we were relieved when the Environmental Protection Agency introduced a proposed new clean water rule to replace the flawed 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” The proposed clean water rule protects clean water while providing clear rules.  

The 2015 rule was confusing and required landowners to consult with federal agencies about farming their own land.  This lack of clarity is why it was never fully implemented.  Several states had sued, and won, to have the rule blocked. WOTUS left every ditch, arroyo and playa under the control of the federal government, even when they were dry.

Farmers and ranchers care about clean water.  It grows our crops, provides grass for cattle and makes it possible for you to “shop local” at your near-by farmers market.  Because we want to pass our farms and ranches down to our children and grand-children, we have a vested interest in preserving and protecting all of our natural resources.  That’s why we support clear rules that will protect the quality of water in our state.  Please join me in supporting the proposed new rule by commenting here