Meanwhile, others still have their concerns.
The purpose of the rule, EPA officials say, is to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands, since determining Clean Water Act protection became confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. For years, members of Congress, state and local officials, agricultural and environmental groups and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity.
EPA officials there said Colorado wouldn't be the first to make that request.
Additionally, Rep. she testified that she was not familiar with Colorado water law as compared with other states' water laws," Gardner said. "It is appalling that the EPA is pushing out rules to control Colorado's water without taking into account previous state actions."
the ag industry aren't satisfied now, and instead see the rule as a possible expansion of the federal government's reach.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is pushing its "Ditch the Rule" campaign.
"It seemed like they just kept telling us to include it in our comments," Boydston said. "They couldn't explain a lot of this to us."
"But you can't help but wonder what issues might pop up due to these other changes," he said. "Or what might happen down the road as agriculture changes.
EPA officials recently toured Greeley area ag operations and others around the state, holding meetings with local producers and representatives of ag organizations.
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"I'm very confident now in that the more aggressive criticism of the rule was not well founded," said Mark Sponsler, executive director and CEO with the Colorado Corn Growers. "This isn't at all an effort by the EPA to regulate every drop of water that hits the Earth."
"We've been burned more than once on this. Farming is complex, and every operation is different. I'm afraid we'll end up doing what we've been doing already constantly checking with the Corp (of Engineers) to make sure we're not violating anything."For someone to legally pump water out of the ground in Colorado, most wells must have an approved augmentation plan to make up for depletions to the aquifer. The pumping of that groundwater draws down flows in nearby rivers and streams surface supplies owned and used by senior water rights holders.
Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in March.
but still questioning proposed water rules
John Stulp, who serves as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's special adviser on water, said during a recent meeting in Greeley that the state might push for an extension to comment on the rule.
Some, like Colorado Farm Bureau Vice President Brent Boydston, questioned how recharge ponds would fit into the rules, but said after the meeting he didn't get the explanation he was looking for.
to the EPA's recent outreach efforts.
There, they stressed all of the exemptions provided to the ag industry now in the EPA's rules still would be in place under the new rules, Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Se Neon along with emphasizing other points. "I'm just not sure it can work that way."
A very basic difference, for example, is that many farmers on Colorado's Front Range and plains, because of the limited precipitation, divert Air Max 95 On Feet Shorts
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"We're all so different," Eckhardt said.
A common augmentation method is building recharge ponds, which allow water to seep into the ground over time to replace groundwater depletions.
water onto their fields for irrigation, while farmers in other areas like the Midwest, which sees much more precipitation set up their fields to divert excess water off of them.
However, they say, there are still questions and concerns, and some will likely push for an extension of the July 21 deadline to comment on the complex proposal.
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