The Rapid City Journal reports that during a Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee field hearing Senator Rounds argued that the Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish and Wildlife Service overstepped boundaries. Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS, is an EPA Act that gives them the power to monitor small waterwasy such as ditches and seasonal streams. Senator Rounds believes water monitoring should be done at the local level especially considering the water use by ranchers.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the Endangered Species Act. Millions of dollars have been spent to bring black footed ferret out of endangered status. Senator Rounds does not believe this is efficient, while Noreen Walsh, Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said an experimental program could help increase the population.
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