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ARA Says New Navigable Waters Protection Rule Provides Clarity for Ag Retailers, Customers

Jan 23 2020

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2020) – Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement in support of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers:

“The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule provides much-needed clarity for agricultural retailers and their farmer customers. We are pleased the new rule is realistic, practical, consistent with the Clean Water Act and based on science. The rule it replaces was not realistic or practical, and it overstepped the boundaries of its authorizing statute. Under this rule, our members and their farmer customers will be able to operate with much more certainty. And the waters of the United States will continue to be protected as required by Congress, despite the doomsday predictions of some opponents.

“ARA members appreciate the steps EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers took to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule last year and finally issuing this commonsense replacement.”

Click here to read the comments ARA signed that were submitted by the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on Jan. 17, 2020, supporting the revised rule.

Click here to read ARA’s comments submitted on the proposed new rule in April 2019.

Click here to learn more about the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.


About Agricultural Retailers Association
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry. For more information on current legislative and regulatory issues impacting agricultural retailers, visit