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Fri, Mar 14

E.P.A.’s Proposed Rules on Water Worry Farmers

Water rarely flows in one of the streambeds — it really seems to be little more than a small ditch — that Dean Lemke points out to a visitor on his 800-acre farm in Dows, Iowa. “I wouldn’t even call it a stream,” he said. “There is only water flow in it when it rains.” Mr. Lemke is a former Iowa state government official who supervised water-quality programs. He is also a fifth-generation farmer who grows corn and soybeans on his acreage, about 75 miles north of Des Moines, and he has never worried that the government would be concerned about that small ditch. Read more.