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WOTUS LAWSUIT

A coalition of 12 groups from a wide variety of industries filed a complaint last week against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, claiming the new provision goes beyond the intentions of the Clean Water Act.

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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DROUGHT IMPACT

California’s drought has driven the prices of some fruits and vegetables up substantially, but others are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. In fact, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast for produce prices predicts modest increases of 2% to 3%.

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CALIFORNIA WATER

Days after taking the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water-use reductions throughout his state, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his executive order’s treatment of the state’s agriculture industry and its use of water in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

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PURDUE WATER TECHNOLOGY

An estimated 1.8 billion people drink water that is contaminated, according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation. Purdue University researchers are developing technologies that could address water safety and drinkability. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 would be observed annually as “World Day for Water.”  This… read more

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MAHOMET AQUIFER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole-source aquifer, giving it greater authority to regulate potential sources of pollution. The designation does not apply to the sliver of the aquifer west of the Illinois River.

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EPA ABANDONS APPEAL

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, AFBF said this week. EPA’s voluntary dismissal of its appeal signals the agency’s desire to avoid a likely loss in the appellate court.

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EPA ADVISORS TO REVIEW WOTUS SCIENCE

– An EPA Science Advisory Board panel is set to meet today to weigh in on the agency’s water connectivity report that serves as the science behind the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. The EPA has come under fire from the American Farm Bureau Federation and other groups for releasing the rule without first… read more

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GULF HYPOXIA UPDATE

NOAA and EPA scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer – it’s just over 5,052 square miles and smaller than last year’s zone. The average size of the dead zone over the past five years has been about 5,500 square miles.

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Take Action: Tell EPA to #DitchTheRule

The U.S. EPA has proposed a new definition of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ that would expand its authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act. Farmers are urged to get involved, get informed and take action. To learn more about the proposed rule and how you can get involved, visit www.ditchtherule.fb.org  

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