Agricultural organizations are raising concern over the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft report “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: a Review and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence.” When finalized, the report could be the scientific basis for defining “waters of the United States,” and could result in expanded EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

In September, EPA sent a draft rule to the Office of Management and Budget to clarify the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. While at the same time, EPA’s Science Advisory Board solicited public comments on the draft report and scheduled a public meeting in December. For now the proposed rule is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, and isn’t available to the public.