The federal government can no longer turn a drainage ditch into a regulated waterway as the Supreme Court decided in Sackett v. EPA that attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded their regulatory power. 

“Thank goodness common sense is being restored somewhere in America. No one in their right mind would consider a drainage ditch on a farm to be a regulable body of water under the Clean Water Act, yet federal regulators subjected a couple in Idaho to $40,000 a day fines over whether they could operate farming activity around a ditch.  

Prior to the Supreme Court opinion, the EPA interpretation of the Clean Water Act effectively gave the federal government operational control of much of the land in America.

Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government

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