Clean Water Rule

Fact Sheet: How the Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule Benefits Agriculture

The proposed rule preserves existing Clean Water Act exemptions and exclusions for agricultural activities. In addition, in coordination with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, EPA and the Army Corps will now exempt 56 established NRCS conservation practices implemented in accordance with published standards from Clean Water Act Section 404 dredged or fill permitting requirements if they occur in waters covered by the Clean Water Act.

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Waters of the U.S.