Concerns abound and arguments continue to rage on over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule; otherwise known as WOTUS. With the House Science Committee Chairman’s release of extensive WOTUS proposal maps last week friction over the rule has really ramped up. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has said that the maps “show that the EPA knew exactly what they were doing and knew exactly how expansive their proposal was before they published it”; alleging that the released maps show that individual states could face upwards of 100,000 additional stream miles being regulated under the proposed rule. EPA spokesperson Tom Reynolds refuted the NCBA’s claim in a blog post stating that “the law has nothing nothing to do with land use or private property rights, and our proposal does not do anything to change that”. The EPA continues to uphold that the goal for the final rule is clarity and workability, but literally hundreds of ag groups, lawmakers, private landowners and other businesses aren’t buying it.