Rollback of clean water protections causes tension among Missouri groups

New plans announced Tuesday by the Trump administration do away with federal oversight of seasonal creek beds and ponds not directly connected to navigable water.

The plan rolls back Obama-era rules that haven’t been imposed in Missouri and 27 other states because of ongoing litigation.

Storm control and waste treatment systems, farming ditches and groundwater would no longer receive government supervision.

Eric Bohl, Missouri Farm Bureau director of public affairs and advocacy, said that the Obama-era rules “Waters of the U.S.” rules were a legal overreach and could require farmers to apply for waivers when conducting normal activity.

The Sierra Club of Missouri has said that isolated bodies of water need regulations to be protected because of contamination. The Sierra Club’s John Hickey said the recent discovery of toxic waste near a Springfield-area cave is an example of a contamination that could have been avoided had regulations been in place.

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