United Fresh continues to have deep reservations regarding the final rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. From the beginning, United Fresh has said that this rule is a federal government overreach with vague language that would allow the federal government to confront private landowners and attempt to exercise federal regulatory jurisdiction over wetlands that are adjacent to tributaries of navigable waters. Such tributaries, called intermittent or ephemeral features, are often dry most of the year. The rule also includes other “isolated” or regional waters such as specifically designated potholes, pools and features in California and Texas as well as those waters with a “significant nexus” to jurisdictional waters. This is why United Fresh supports legislation that just passed out of the House of Representatives (HR 1732) that would require EPA to withdraw its rule and go back and propose a new rule with broader outreach and consultation between the Administration and states, local governments, and stakeholder.