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Boozman, Advocates Weigh In As Biden Plans to Reinstate Water Protection Rule

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J. Froelich
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An ephemeral roadside ditch in Fayetteville drains into Scull Creek, part of the Illinois River Watershed.

In the first months of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order rescinding the “Waters of the United States” rule, promulagated by President Barak Obama in 2015 to protect certain streams, wetlands, and groundwater under the Clean Water Act. Now, President Joe Biden has ordered the rule to be reinstated. U.S. Senator John Boozman, (R-AR) claims it will devastate agriculture and industry. Arkansas water quality advocate, Gordon Watkins, says all U.S. waters require protection.

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