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    Gov. Reynolds releases statement on Biden Administration’s intent to revise WOTUS rule 

    Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
    As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

    DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds released the following statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) recent announcement that they will revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).  

    “The Biden administration is taking a giant leap backwards and ignoring the reasonable and practical steps our farmers take to protect the land and their livelihood,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Under the Obama-era WOTUS rule a puddle of water was considered a body of water, subjecting farms, manufacturers, and small businesses across Iowa and America to burdensome and costly regulations. We cannot accept that definition, and I plan to vigorously oppose any attempt to impose this harmful, radical policy on Iowans.” 

    Over 97% of land in Iowa would be defined as a watershed under federal regulation under the 2015 Obama-era rule. In Iowa, 92% of total land is used for agriculture (30.5 million acres). According to the last USDA census of agriculture, Iowa generated almost $29 billion in crop and livestock sales (ranked #2 nationally). Agriculture and related industries in Iowa are estimated to contribute $40 billion in total value to the economy and $22 billion in household income. 

    Governor Reynolds plans to work with the federal congressional delegation and stakeholders in Iowa to ensure Iowans voices are heard as the EPA prepares to enter the rulemaking process. As Governor and Lt. Governor, Reynolds actively lobbied both the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration to redefine WOTUS in a more practical and sustainable way. In January of 2020, Governor Reynolds praised the Trump Administration for addressing this harmful policy and protecting Iowa farmers and their land.  That statement can be found here


    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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