LaMalfa Statement on Final WOTUS Repeal

Sep 12, 2019
Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and will replace it with a new rule by the end of the year that provides more certainty for landowners and farmers across the nation.
LaMalfa said: “WOTUS was one of the most harmful and overreaching rules implemented by the Obama Administration, and its repeal is welcome news for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and landowners across the country. This rule meant treating a puddle on private property the same as it treats the Mississippi River. With this rule repealed, States, landowners, and businesses will have far more certainty when it comes to managing their land, water, and even planting a crop under the Clean Water Act. I thank the Trump Administration for following through with the repeal of this dangerous rule, and I look forward to the implementation of a new one that actually works.”
Congressman LaMalfa has fought the WOTUS rule since its inception, sponsoring legislation to defund it while working with the Agriculture Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to roll back the regulation.
Shortly after taking office, President Trump quickly took action by issuing an Executive Order requiring the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to begin dismantling the Obama era WOTUS rule.
In 2017, Congressman LaMalfa rallied the Chairmen of the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees to urge the Administration to review the case of California farmer John Duarte, who, thanks to the WOTUS rule, is facing $2.8 million in penalties simply for plowing his fields.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.