The Oklahoma Farm Bureau held an event Aug. 23 to call for a stop to an expansion of federal regulations under the Clean Water Act. Held in a dry buffalo wallow—a slight depression in prairie areas that can hold rainwater and runoff—the event was designed to show the types of areas that could fall under EPA’s regulatory umbrella if the agency is allowed to redefine and broaden its authority.
“Those of us in the High Plains recognize this as a buffalo wallow, and not a navigable waterway,” said Mike Spradling, OKFB president. He said EPA wants to control all water and impose restrictions on how land can be used.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking minority member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Spradling at the event, which was part of Farm Bureau’s national “Stop the Flood of Regulation,” campaign. Farm Bureau is calling for Congress to stop EPA and the Corps of Engineers from finalizing a guidance document that it says is essentially a roadmap for classifying ponds, ditches and other wet areas as federally regulated navigable waterways.