FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President Arthur Uhl released a statement in response to the Biden Administration’s final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
“For years we have been at the mercy of unclear and ever-changing federal regulations of surface water on our private property. Rather than creating a clear definition of WOTUS that defines what bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only further exacerbated the problem. While the new rule creates limited exceptions for agriculture, the changes still fall woefully short of addressing the concerns raised by landowners to the EPA. The WOTUS has damaging effects to the beef industry, delaying, obstructing, and hindering our ability to raise beef, steward our land, and support our local economies. Landowners must now implement the unclear framework of this rule, or risk being fined thousands of dollars per day for noncompliance.”
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 145-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has near 18,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasturelandprimarily in Texas and Oklahoma, and throughout the Southwest. For more news releases and information, visit tscra.org.
–Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association