The Water Rule proposed by the EPA was requested by many stakeholders to help clarify the Clean Water Act. The Water Rule has accomplished this by clarifying the types of waters covered under the Clean Water Act. It is important to understand that this rule does not broaden coverage of the Clean Water Act nor does it regulate groundwater or ditches. All exemptions and exclusions have been preserved. Plus, it was supported by invited input from the agricultural community. The rule is supported by more than 1,000 scientific publications. It is about as uncontroversial as legislation can be. Unfortunately, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts does not support the clean Water Rule and has introduced legislation to prevent the EPA from continuing to protect creeks & streams in Kansas and across the country. To read the Clean Water Act and express your own opinion, visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880-0001.