The comment deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed waters of the U.S. rule is October 20. According to Greg Foley with the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation, the rule change would increase regulated stream miles in Kansas from the current 35,000 to 139,000.

NCBA members only have submitted 4,500 comments to EPA, which is about half way to the organization’s goal of 10,000. Only 100 of those comments have been from Kansas.

“The association’s comments alone are not enough to win this battle, and Kansas is being outperformed by smaller NCBA affiliates in other states,” said KLA Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs Aaron Popelka. “Submitting comments only takes a few minutes and could make a big impact on the final outcome of the rule, or the legal action to follow.

KLA members are encouraged to take a few minutes to provide comments by clicking here.