"Common Sense Nebraska" Coalition Formed To Fight EPA

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Updated: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:02:02 CST

Common Sense Nebraska. That's what the state's agriculture groups are calling a new coalition formed to fight the EPA.
Groups including Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau and more announced the movement Tuesday morning.

The Common Sense Nebraska coalition is pushing back against the EPA's Waters of the US rule. They say the proposal would vastly expand the federal agency's authorities over farms and ranches.

Barb Cooksley is the Nebraska Cattlemen vice president. She says the rule will greatly hinder farms and ranchers ability to care for their diverse landscape here in Nebraska as well as manage their land and water resources.

The EPA's new rule would bring areas like ponds and ditches under federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau's president says the proposal has little to do with improving the quality of water and a lot to do with the EPA having more control over land use.

Common Sense Nebraska will be working across the state to bring awareness to farmers and ranchers about the proposal through its hashtag ditch the rule campaign.