Statewide News – Ottumwa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks says it is unclear what provisional rules will be enforced when the Biden administration drafts new rules of the Clean Water Act.
Miller-Meeks, a Republican, advocates maintaining the Trump administration’s rules, which eliminated federal oversight of roughly half of the streams and wetlands governed by Obama-era regulations.
Last week, Miller-Meeks toured a farm and other facilities where she says the Clean Water Act rules are arduous.
The $ 400 million hydropower project at Red Rock Dam was completed a year ago. It could take up to three years for the EPA to develop and implement new national water use regulations, and lawsuits are challenging the regulations implemented in the last year of the Trump administration.
Environmental groups say the Trump administration’s rewrite of water regulations has allowed developers to build in sensitive wetlands. Large-scale agriculture critics say fertilizer runoff threatens water quality and federal action is needed.