Bruce Barnhart, past President of the Land Improvement Contractors of American, was asked to make com-ments at the Waters of the U.S. stake-holder meeting hosted by the Iowa Homebuilders Association. The meet-ing included several key state agency and private association leaders for the purpose of having some open discussion about the concerns surrounding the pro-posed rule.
Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, Ag Secretary Northey, DNR Director Gipp, and other agencies and private associa-tions met for over two hours to discuss the implications of the EPA’s proposed rule changes.
We already know how long it takes to work through the government bureaucracy to get our work done. We already know how hard it is to work when the same government agency has differing interpretation of rules within its own department. Government agencies already complain about the increased work load and their inability to get work ready for construction. If this new rule or interpretation of an old law is implemented, there is not a drop of water that can’t be reg-ulated. Think about that.
It is important that we all make comments to EPA on the proposed rule change. Comments must be made before November 14, 2014. I have included a press release from the Governor’s office and a letter from National LICA in this newsletter.
You can go to the following site to make comments. http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-