Trump Water Directive Win for Private Property Rights

San Antonio - On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action towards the elimination of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. In WOTUS, under the detailed description by EPA in the Federal Register, EPA maps have suggested nearly any waterway in the country could have come under federal jurisdiction.

EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order, “EPA intends to immediately implement the Executive Order and submit a Notice to the Office of the Federal Register announcing our intent to review the 2015 Rule, and then propose a new rule that will rescind or revise that rule. The President’s action today preserves a federal role in protecting water, but is also restores that states’ important role in the regulation of water.”

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) has been heavily opposed to WOTUS since inception out of concern with the rule’s threat to property rights and landowners' abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the natural resources found on their lands. As a member of the Water Advocacy Coalition since 2014 and a staunch advocate for private property rights, TWA has been in the WOTUS fight for years. We would like to thank and congratulate TWA Legislative Committee Chairman, Bill Knolle, who led the charge for TWA on this complex issue.

“We are enormously pleased with President Trump’s Executive Order to strike down the new WOTUS rule.  That rule represented an unprecedented threat to property rights and natural resource conservation on private lands.  Texas and the nation are far better off without it.  There is little doubt that the rule was so quickly rescinded because of the groundswell of opposition across the country.  Bill Knolle led the charge for TWA’s participation in that national effort, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his service” stated David Yeates, TWA CEO.


The Texas Wildlife Association is a statewide membership organization that serves Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.

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Texas is more than a state. It's an ideal. Our mission at the Texas Wildlife Association stems from a deep-seeded love and respect for that ideal. From the beautiful, expansive land to the thousands of species we share it with, we believe every part of Texas is worth protecting, because to truly take pride in something, one must be willing to invest in it and care for it. We love our great state, and to ensure future generations do as well, we will carry our pride as a reminder to not only love Texas, but to look after it.


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