• Farm Bureau solicits help to 'ditch' waterway proposal
By Linda Green

The McDuffie County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Farm Bureau believe that a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate virtually every area of ground that gets wet in the country goes to far.
The EPA’s proposal seeks to redefine the waters of the United States, said Zippy Duvall, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau during an Aug. 21 tailgate breakfast on agricultural issues.
On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a proposal in the Federal Register that would expand the authority of the federal government to regulate water and wet areas on private property.
During the Aug 21 gathering at Hillcrest Farms in Dearing, the audience from 10 surrounding counties, was told that the proposed change would expand regulatory authority to many land features, including ditches and ponds, giving the agencies the power to regulate land use, including those areas that only have water flow during heavy rains.
The McDuffie County Farm Bureau and the state Farm Bureau told the gathering of about 50 people that the matter is about property rights and the rule affects everyone, not just farmers.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, August 28, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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