JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KDKZ-TV) The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that would exempt small farms from parts of the state’s clean water law.
House Bill 1973 says farms would not need a permit to allow water from their property to run into the state’s waterways, whether from irrigation or precipitation.
The exemption would not apply to larger farms. The Department of Natural Resources would still be allowed to intervene to stop pollution. Supporters of the bill say this will relieve farmers of unneeded regulation, while opponents contend this could make it harder to catch pollutants.
The bill needs to be voted on again before it heads to the Senate, where a similar proposal has already been approved.