WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) today applauded the Trump Administration’s repeal of the 2015 EPA rule that vastly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era regulation subjected bodies of water of any size – down to ponds, ditches or puddles, and even some dry land – to a maze of federal bureaucracy and regulation.

“The repeal of this Obama-era power grab is a victory for North Carolina farmers and property owners,” said Congressman Rouzer.  “The rule as drafted by the Obama Administration would have given the EPA regulatory authority over almost any body of water — including water in a ditch after a storm — and even some dry land.  The Trump Administration’s decision today is a return to common sense.  Our farm families, small businesses, local governments and citizens no longer need to worry about an EPA bureaucrat dictating what can or cannot be done on their property.” 

Congressman Rouzer has long been a vocal opponent of the rule, supporting measures on the House floor to block the rule and joining North Carolina farmers, municipalities, and businesses in calling for its repeal.