Farmers, Ranchers Call for Action on Water Rights Bill
Washington--Farmers and ranchers are urging House members to act soon on a bill that recognizes states' long-standing authority to confer water rights and retains the position that the federal government will respect those lawfully acquired rights. The measure, the Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189), was recently approved by the House Natural Resources Committee and is ready to be taken up on the House floor.
The legislation "does not expand rights for individuals at the expense of any federal agency, nor does it in any way limit or constrain existing rights held by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management," American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman noted in a letter to House Resources Committee members. Read more on the FBNews website.