Roger Lange stood outside his Seneca County farm, and pointed to a ditch across the road.
He said the Obama administration attempted to regulate ditches like that under the Clean Water Act, even if they were bone dry most of the year.
That would mean more paperwork, permits and expense – a big burden for farmers running on tight budgets and timetables.
“It would extend the timeframe for, let’s say, cleaning a drainage ditch, which — time is money, increasing our costs,” Lange, 59, said. “With grain prices right now, margins are tight. Realistically, to cover all expenses both fixed and variable, we’re probably in the red.”