LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler for an announcement of a $3.2 million grant to protect water quality in Arkansas. The $3,224,000 grant will go to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission to support management programs for nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution, which is caused when rainfall carries pollutants into rivers, lakes and other waterbodies.
“I was proud to welcome EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to the Natural State today and stand with him as he announced the crucial $3.2 million grant funding to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission to protect water quality statewide,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Our Arkansas waters are a resource that is vital and must be protected for our farmers and ranchers in order to help keep our State’s economy thriving.”
“Water quality is of the upmost importance to farmers, and so is regulatory consistency,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “The Trump Administration’s recent Navigable Waters Protection Rule has shown that EPA listened to farmers’ complaints about the unworkability of the previous rule, and this new water quality grant funding shows that the federal government is listening to farmers concerns about non-source pollution.”
The funding supports the State of Arkansas’ NPS pollution management program, focusing on watersheds with water quality impairments caused by polluted runoff from nonpoint sources. NPS implementation projects include best management practice installations for animal wastes, sediment, pesticide and fertilizer control; other structural and non-structural practices; watershed planning, monitoring, technology demonstrations; and education and outreach programs.
AG Rutledge joined Administrator Wheeler and others at Dabb’s Farm in Stuttgart and discussed issues of importance including the Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which is providing regulatory certainty for farmers across the country, the recent registration announcement of Dicamba and the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee.