Forest Service withdraws groundwater directive

Forest Service withdraws groundwater directive

THE U.S. Forest Service formally withdrew its proposed groundwater directive, a decision applauded by the livestock industry following a years-long effort opposing any expansion of federal control over water beyond existing limited control via federal statute and Federal Reserve rights.

The directive, proposed in 2014, would have allowed the Forest Service to regulate activities on or near National Forest System lands based on the agency's interpre

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