The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a joint proposal earlier this year that outlines changes to the Clean Water Act.
The public has until October 20 to comment on the revisions. The EPA and Army Corps have put forth changes to the "Waters of the U.S.” section of the act.
Two EPA officials were in Hotchkiss Thursday to talk about the proposed changes.
Julia McCarthy, an EPA biologist, gave a presentation on the revisions.
“We put on this meeting because we think its really important to be getting out to various stakeholders including the agricultural community to clarify what the proposal is intending to do and to answer some questions,” McCarthy said.
She said the suggested revisions will better define what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act and which are not.
Listen to KVNF's Regional Newscast on Friday, June 26 at 5:50 p.m. for an in-depth look at the proposed changes. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano will have an expanded interview with McCarthy and comments for people who attended the meeting.