The bipartisan $220 million aid package would tap into the same Energy Department funding Senator Hoeven voted to eliminate in order to provide aid to Flint and other cities [affected] by water contamination.
In fact, because of Wayne's effort, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were stopped dead in their attempt to control the nation's land. Wayne's effort was the only injunction to be upheld by a federal court. Without his effort, WOTUS would be in effect today in all 50 states.
Why does it matter? The EPA and Corps used WOTUS to give the federal agency the ability to regulate almost any source of water that reaches a federal waterway -- even the smallest of North Dakota's prairie potholes. Farmers would have been hit the hardest.
Under WOTUS, potentially every drainage ditch would have been subject to new regulations and farmers would be forced to file permits and receive approval from the federal government for the management of their own farmland.
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