09-02: Opposition to S.787, Clean Water Restoration Act

WHEREAS, striking the term “navigable waters” and inserting “waters of the United States” will extend the reaches of the federal government into private property and business.  

WHEREAS, the permitting process would become a burdensome and expensive for landowners, ag producers, and all water users.

WHEREAS, the Clean Water Restoration Act will compromise the good standing relationship between Water & Soil Conservation Districts as a regulatory state agency and the Federal Government, as the act directly under minds the conservation districts protection and conservation of water.

WHEREAS, the federal regulating agency will be overwhelmed and unable to handle the permitting process in a timely, efficient manner, and without clouded judgment.

WHEREAS, private landowners will find themselves in legal battles with environmental and wildlife advocates, and face losing water that is pertinent to sustaining their agricultural livelihoods.

WHEREAS, education and implementation of conservation practices will continue to be the driving force for Conservation Districts to continue working with and educating landowners and produces on the importance of conservation practices and good stewardship.  

WHEREAS, Conservation Districts will continue educating the public and private entities encouraging them to continue to play their important role in the protection and stewardship of the water.  

WHEREAS, that agriculture will remain an important commodity and necessary factor in the economy and livelihood of the United States.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Clean Water Act will remain as is with the term Navigable waters.


Submitted by the Rosebud Conservation District

Passed Area IV

MACD Committee Assignment:  Water Resources

Committee Recommendation:  DO PASS as amended

Approved at General Session