DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that he has joined other governors in a lawsuit challenging a federal water rule, calling it a regulatory “overreach” that creates barriers to water-quality improvements and harms Iowa farmers and small businesses.
In a statement, Branstad said he intervened in a case pending in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota Southwestern Division against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Waters of the U.S. rule.
Branstad joins in support of 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
“This federal rule increases, rather than decreases, uncertainty for Iowa farmers and small businesses,” he said.