Property Rights Under Attack from EPA Regulation
Advocacy groups representing property owners, farmers and ranchers fear the rule allows the EPA to place all water bodies including streams, ponds, ditches and even puddles under their jurisdiction. This would subject private property to costly government permits and restrictions. Some property owners fear that even the most basic activities will become heavily scrutinized by government bureaucrats. Farming groups have expressed concerned that they will be hit especially hard with the rule restricting their ability to apply fertilizers or pesticides to areas of land that temporarily fill with water after heavy rain.