|On Tuesday afternoon, the United States House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5078, "The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act" (H.R. 5078). GCSAA is launching a grassroots effort to ensure the voice of the golf industry is heard before this important vote. U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II (R-FL-2nd) introduced the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (H.R. 5078). This bill would uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters, and block the implementation of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed "Waters of the United States" proposed rule. GCSAA does not support the EPA or the Army Corps of Engineers expanding the jurisdictional reach of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) as proposed. The proposed rule would bring nearly every river, stream, creek, wetland, pond, ditch and ephemeral (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time) in the U.S. under the jurisdiction of the CWA. Under the rule, all tributaries and adjacent waters, including adjacent wetlands, would be categorically subject to federal oversight, with no additional analysis required. Additionally, the EPA is proposing a sweeping “other waters” category that could include almost everything else. |
Golf courses that have these waters on them or near them will likely be required to obtain costly, federal permits for any land management activities or land use decisions made.
Urge your U.S. Representative to vote Yes on H.R. 5078 today through this action alert.