From the Capital Press
Agriculture groups are nervous that a “technical report” released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be used to justify new federal controls over water usage.
The EPA claims its report — “Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration” — is meant to provide state regulators with “technical support” about the impact of water management on the health of rivers and streams.
However, farm groups worry it’s intended to make the case for expanding the Clean Water Act’s scope beyond regulating water quality, to include water quantity as well. Read the rest of the story here.