Gardner Applauds Halting of WOTUS Rule

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to halt implementation, nationwide, of the so-called “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“This ruling is a victory for agriculture, rural communities, and all Coloradans,” Gardner said. “The EPA’s WOTUS rule represents a massive federal takeover of what had traditionally been state and local efforts to carefully regulate our own water. The rule would put the federal government in Washington in charge of ponds and streams in Colorado communities from Greeley to Alamosa. I’ve consistently opposed this power grab by the EPA, and am glad to see it halted nationwide. I’ll continue to press for state and local control of our water, and against federal efforts to micromanage Colorado’s water from Washington.”

Senator Gardner has been a passionate opponent of the WOTUS rule and an advocate for state control of water law. He denounced the final WOTUS Rule upon its unveiling in May and applauded the decision by Federal Judge Ralph Erickson to halt the rule’s implementation in 13 states. In September, he signed on a co-sponsor of a resolution which would nullify the WOTUS rule.

In April, the Senate passed a Gardner amendment to the budget protecting state water rights. He also urged the United States Forest Service to withdraw its proposed groundwater directive in February at an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing with Chief Tidwell in order to work with Western states to find common ground.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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