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Smith Applauds WOTUS Repeal

September 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the Trump administration finalized the repeal of the Waters of the United States rule, known as WOTUS:


"The repeal of President Obama’s overreaching WOTUS rule is great news for our country and gives states back the power to regulate their non-navigable waters, as the law says they should. I have fought this troubling regulation since its inception. I thank President Trump and the administration for their commitment to reining in the federal government and repealing this rule.”


Under the Clean Water Act, as enacted in 1972, the EPA’s jurisdiction is statutorily limited to navigable waters. Regulation of non-navigable waters is the responsibility of the states. In 2015, the Obama administration instituted a new regulation to vastly expand EPA’s jurisdiction to include virtually all water flows, from ditches to prairie potholes, even on private land.


After the enactment of the 2015 rule, Congressman Smith led the fight against it, authoring a bill repealing WOTUS which made it to President Obama’s desk in 2016 before being vetoed.


* Below is a voice recording of Congressman Smith’s statement. *