The rule finally returned some protections to 20 million acres of wetlands and tributary creeks removed by court rulings almost 20 years ago.
It brought much-needed clarity to the confusion about Clean Water Act protections those court rulings created.
It was approved after a year-long process that drew more than 1 million public comments, the vast majority of which were in favor of the rule.
It was supported by more than 2,000 research papers.
It was supported by every major sportsmen's conservation group in the nation.
The Clean Water Rule is so extreme that it would even regulate a puddle in your backyard. Not true.
The rule just adds another layer of red tape for activities that are already regulated by state and local governments. Not true.
The rule imposes new burdens on American agriculture—even ordinary fieldwork or planting might require a permit. Not true.
But farm ponds are regulated. Not true.
Well, then, even ditches are regulated. Not true.
Well, I still believe that it regulates gullies. Not true.
The rule goes so far as to regulate groundwater. Not true.
This rule is going to make life hard for cities and towns because it is going to adversely affect their ability to operate and maintain their stormwater collection systems. Not true.
The Clean Water Act has been a regulatory fiasco. Not true.
Well, at least the dredge-and-fill program administered by the Army Corps of Engineers has been a mess. Not true.
The regulatory programs under the Clean Water Act are a huge drag on our economy and make our nation less competitive when compared with our trading partners. Not true.
The states were doing just fine with water-pollution control before the federal government and EPA interfered. Not true.
Well, since we've made so much progress and basically solved the problem, we can now quit expending so much effort and money on water pollution. Not true.